By Alicia Dziak
Budding artists unleash their creativity in many forms, and with the help of an encouraging teacher, this creativity is limitless and can take them all the way to a renowned art gallery.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is known for its masterpieces, and as you meander the halls of the historic building, you’ll find thought-provoking pieces showcasing contemporary and modern art.
Adding to this fine arts collection is an exhibit of students’ work, made possible by the efforts of Ellicottville’s Rebecca Szpaicher, art teacher at Springville Elementary School (SES).
Szpaicher has a teaching philosophy of getting each of her 545 K-5 students to “to manipulate as many mediums as possible,” assuring that students “create artwork while learning how to sculpt, draw, weave, paint and much more.”
Szpaicher, who’s in her 28th year teaching at SES, said this art show has been a career-long goal of hers. “Our name has been on the list (at Albright-Knox) for many years now,” she said.
Szpaicher was given the dimensions of the space she had to work with, and it was a blank canvas for her to work from. “I had to remember kids and big groups would be walking through,” she said, noting that that was taken into account when selecting what pieces were in the show.
The SES art show features work from about 300 of Szpaicher’s students, each of whom received a family pass that included parking and admission to Albright-Knox.
“The program also included a field trip for our third graders as part of the Gallery’s ‘Art’s Cool’ program,” said Szpaicher.
The SES art show will be on exhibit through March 22 in the education wing of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, located at 1285 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. If you’ve never been there before, now is the perfect opportunity to check it out and see work from some local young artists!
For more information about the gallery, visit www.albrightknox.org.