‘Imagination Grows on Main Street’ opens May 15 at Stone Valley Arts

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Student art from Fair Haven High School
Artwork created by a student from Poultney Elementary School

Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill will host the inaugural student art exhibition entitled “Imagination Grows on Main Street,” that will feature an exciting selection of original art work created by students from the following six Poultney-area schools: Poultney High School (Melissa Kristiansen, art teacher); Poultney Elementary School (Lisa Whitman, art teacher); Fair Haven High School (Kristen Partesi, art teacher); Green Mountain Community School (Sarah Elworthy, art teacher); LiHigh School (Danny Lang/REclaimED Maker’s Space, art teacher); and Leap Frog Pre-School (Jaime Milazzo, school director and teacher).

Students and their families, teachers and the public are welcome to the opening reception for “Imagination Grows on Main Street” on Sunday, May 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will run from Sunday, May 15, through June 12. Gallery hours are Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

In addition to the gallery show at SVA, “Imagination Grows on Main Street” is part of Poultney Art Day taking place this year on Friday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students from Poultney-area schools have the opportunity to participate in a full day of art activities taking place along Main Street.

Annie Daley and Melissa Christiansen from Poultney High School have spearheaded Poultney Art Day, which has grown into an exciting all-day event along Main Street and this year will include evening activities with performances by the Hermit Hollow Band, SVA dance students and Dance Collective starting at 5 p.m. on location (rain or shine) at Stone Valley Arts. Music will be provided during the day by students from the Lihigh School.

A student from Green Mountain Community School deep in the creative process

Poultney Art Day is a unique opportunity for students to observe, learn and/or work with many different artists, including a glass blower, blacksmith, raku ceramic artists, painter, wood worker and shibori tie-dyeing.

Poultney Art Day is a collaborative effort by artists from Salem Art Works, Green Mountain Community School, REclaimED, Poultney Public Library and Stone Valley Arts.

Stone Valley Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community arts organization that began in 2013 as a response to community needs identified by the Poultney 2020 revitalization movement. The purpose of Stone Valley Arts is to provide classes, workshops, presentations and events in the visual, performing and literary arts for all ages and levels of experience. Its goal is to enrich the quality of life in the region by integrating the arts into the fabric of the community. SVA is located in an old stone church, built in 1822, across from Poultney High School, at 145 E. Main St., Poultney, VT.

‘Man thinks of tree’ by a student from Poultney High School

For more information, visit stonevalleyarts.org, email [email protected] or follow Stone Valley Arts Center on Facebook.