PSHS showcases exceptional art from area schools

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Students who submitted artwork to the Exceptional Art Show received certificates and ribbons on their creations. Additionally, PSHS gave out special awards, such as "best landscape." Pictured is fourth-grader Lucas Parker of East Palestine Schools with his piece and award for best craftsmanship.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Exceptional Art Show had 84 pieces of art from eight different schools. Poland High School plans on hosting the exhibit annually, starting with next year's event, which will occur on April 9, 2019.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Poland Seminary High School hosted their Exceptional Art Show on April 10 in the lobby of the field house. The exhibit featured artwork created by students with special needs to showcase their abilities. Pictured are the organizers, from left, special education teacher Lindsay Ignazio, art teacher Sue Holub, special education teacher Stephanie Vagas and special education aide Holly Toy.

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Poland Seminary High School hosted their “Exceptional Art Show” in the lobby of the field house on April 10.

The event showcased the artistic talents of children with special needs from eight school districts throughout the area. They received 84 pieces from students in grades from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

“People think of these students as having disabilities, so we wanted to shine a light on the abilities they do have,” said special education teacher Lindsay Ignazio.

The event was a joint effort from Ignazio, special education teacher Stephanie Vagas, special education aide Holly Toy and art teacher Sue Holub. The art club volunteered at the event and helped it run smoothly.

Each of the participating students received certificate for their art and each piece of art got a ribbon. Additionally, they gave away special awards, such as “most colorful,” “best craftsmanship” and “best landscape.”

Ignazio and Toy said the schools were very helpful in getting artwork for the gallery. They received artwork from Campbell City Schools, Canfield High School, East Palestine City Schools, MCCTC, Martin Luther King Elementary School, Poland Local Schools, South Range Local Schools and Struthers City Schools.

They plan on having this gallery event every year. They hope to grow and include more schools in the future. They already have the date picked out for their Second Annual Exceptional Art Show, which will be April 9, 2019.

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