Young artists show off work


First Posted: 4/8/2012

Johnna Pesavento-Dudick wandered around the William and Melba Dickson Educational Facility at the Trucksville United Methodist Church on March 24, awestruck by the colors and the people swirling around the room.

The 5-year-old from Franklin Township spent the day showing others her art and perusing others’ works during an Art Show and Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Trucksville Early Childhood Education Center.

“Pink is my favorite color,” she said when she pointed to a portrait of herself drawn by a friend. “I like it because it’s a shade of red, and I like red, too.”

The event was open to students’ families and featured the artwork of students ages 2 to 6, an ice cream bar hosted by The Lands at Hillside Farms, pony rides and a presentation by magician Bill Dixon.

School Director Marjorie Adams said the event was run by the Parent Enrichment Group and, though the art show was not a fundraiser, a small donation was taken at the door to cover the group’s costs.

Noah Greco, 5, of Pittston Township, showed his family some of the paintings he created, but admitted it’s not his favorite art form.

“I like sculptures,” he said. “You get to make things out of clay.”

Parents, grandparents and other family and friends moseyed through the gallery set-up as children led some of them by hand towards their own creations.

Five-year-old Bruce Graham, of Shavertown, was a little less focused as he moved around the room. He showed his family the portrait he painted of his friend, Alex. He thought he did a good job portraying his buddy.

“Alex has green eyes, a tan nose and a pink mouth and some hair,” he said, pointing at the artwork.

Graham’s favorite color is blue and, if he could, he would color everything that hue.

“I like blue because you can eat blueberries and drive a blue car and wear blue,” he said.

After viewing students’ displays, many flocked to a dining room down the hall to nosh on some sweet treats. The Lands at Hillside Farms provided an array of ice cream and toppings for each guest to personalize their own tasty dish.

Stephanie Bridy and 2 1/2-year-old Michael, of Kingston, ate some cookies and cream ice cream just before the pony rides began.

“I think this is great,” said Michael Bridy’s grandmother, Susan Uhas, of Bear Creek Township. “Things like this bring everyone together. It’s nice for the grandparents to come out and see what the kids are doing.”

Three-year-old Gabby Cigarski, of Shavertown, smiled as she slurped ice cream before venturing down the hall to see the magician’s act.

She was relaxing after showing her mom, Aubrey, some of her artwork.

“I like to paint in blue,” she said.


Parents, grandparents and other family and friends moseyed through the gallery set-up as children led some of them by hand towards their own creations.


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