"Lydia & Friends" Mezzanine Display
May 05, 2008 10:00 AM
May 17, 2008 05:00 PM
|Contact Name||Kristin Torresdal|
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Decorah students in Brigit Storhoff’s 5th grade class will be displaying art projects at Decorah Public Library May 5-17. The public is invited to attend a reception for the artists and their art teacher, Tom Sheppard, Tuesday May 13, 6:30 pm, in the library’s 2nd floor Mezzanine Gallery.
The show, entitled “Lydia and Friends,” features works by Lydia Dawley and her classmates. Dawley, an enthusiastic young artist with limited motor functions due to cerebral palsy, will display several wheel-thrown pots created in collaboration with Sheppard. Dawley’s classmates will display a variety of pieces created throughout the school year.
Students say that they love art class and that they are excited about the upcoming library display. Communicating via her computer, Dawley commented “I like getting my hands dirty and I like the cool feel of clay.” One of Lydia’s helpers, Sue Sander, shared that Dawley also enjoys interacting with the other kids in the class and having the opportunity to share a table with her friends, which isn’t possible in all classes.
During a recent visit students told Decorah Public Library staff member Kristin Torresdal that they love art class because they like their teacher so much. Students commented that Sheppard “lets us be creative,” “encourages us to use our imaginations a lot,” “helps us with our projects,” “is nice and patient and never yells,” and “knows tons of cool things about art.” Students also stated that some of their favorite projects this year include Model Magic, perspective drawings, and the heroes project.
The Decorah Public Library Mezzanine Gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-4 pm. Call 563-382-3717 for more information.