Herkimer BOCES Special Programs students' artwork featured in local exhibit

Some students of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Special Programs art teacher Cynthia Brownell have art on display on the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts website and at the 401 Gallery in Little Falls.

The artwork is being featured as part of Youth Art Month in the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts 2021 Herkimer County Reflections Exhibition, which celebrates the creativity inspired and generated by student/teacher collaboration. 

The Herkimer BOCES students who participated are in Special Programs at the William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. The work represented is from students in grades 3-12.

Brownell has artwork in the show as well.

Artwork from Herkimer BOCES students was influenced by lessons in class. Some grades studied Picasso and created Picasso-influenced portraits. Another class studied Day of the Dead and created a marigold still-life filled with patterns and colors. Other students learned how to draw cardinals in a wooded landscape, and older students learned how to create a self-portrait using American Sign Language.

A virtual opening for the art exhibit was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, through Zoom for those who registered. The exhibit will be available until Monday, March 22.

The virtual version of the exhibit can be viewed on the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts website at www.mohawkvalleyarts.org/youth-art-month.

You can also visit the exhibit in person from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays at the 401 Gallery on Canal Place in Little Falls. The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts is celebrating Youth Art Month, encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety. The program provides an opportunity to recognize the “A” in “STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.”