Imaginations on display at Newburgh school district art show

Inside a section of Motorcyclepedia Museum on Wednesday afternoon, Meadow Hill art teacher Rachel Williams and a steady stream of proud parents admired the works that filled a wall: paintings, pencil and crayon drawings; and animation cells.

The fruits of Newburgh school district students’ imaginations are being shared with the public. Through May the museum is hosting an exhibit of works by elementary and junior-high students from five schools: Balmville, Gidney Avenue, Meadow Hill, Temple Hill and South Junior High.

As a Newburgh Free Academy graduate, Williams knows the paths art classes can open up for kids.

“They’re painting; they’re making clay sculptures; they’re doing a little bit of everything,” she said. “And when they see it up, they get excited.”

Christy Kirkpatrick, a graphic designer and volunteer coordinator for Motorcylepedia, was a schoolmate of Williams’ at SUNY New Paltz. Both studied arts instruction, she said.

They collaborated to bring student art to the museum for the first time. They initially approached Motorcyclepedia founder Ted Doering about exhibiting the art for part of May, but he suggested hosting the show for the whole month, Kirkpatrick said.

“It’s impressive – the variety of the different projects they’re doing,” she said. “We’re hoping to duplicate it on an ongoing basis.”

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