Marion Art Center hosts Sippican School exhibit

By Georgia Sparling | Feb 13, 2017
Photo by: Georgia Sparling Sixth grader Paige Fuller did this self portrait print.

Marion — Seeing their artwork hang in a real, honest to goodness art gallery was a pretty exciting experience for Sippican School students.

“I think you can see it on their faces. They're super jazzed,” art teacher Erin Kirk said at the Marion Art Center opening on Monday.

Kirk chose around 100 pieces of artwork from her students, grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The pieces reflect the students' assignments, from emulating famous artists such as Andy Warhol to learning about the color wheel.

She said the show is important for the kids, who see that their work has value. It's also a way for residents who don't go into the school to see what the children create.

“It's great for the community to see what they're doing,” said Kirk.

The kids were happy to talk about their artwork.

Ella Shannon pointed out her painting of a purple flower, which was inspired by something Kirk showed them. But, Shannon said, “I added my own thing.”

Lucia Valadao's “Blue Dog”-esque painting had rainbows and shamrocks.

“It was inspired by St. Patrick's Day because I really love rainbow colors and my favorite color is green,” she explained.

Jacob Nye was excited that his woven and painted paper piece could double as a checker board.

“When we get home, you can actually use it,” he said.

The artwork won't be heading home soon, though. The exhibit will be in the Marion Art Center's upstairs gallery through March 11. Visit during business hours, which are listed at

Ella Shannon points out her flower painting. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
Jacob Nye said his artwork can double as a checkerboard. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
Madelyne Denham made a colorful version of "Blue Dog" (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
Lucia Valdao said her friend Ella helped her finish her St. Patrick's Day inspired piece. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
Megan Knoll's artwork was half straight lines in cool colors and half warm colors in wavy lines. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
The Sippican School students' colorful artwork will be on display through March 11. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
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