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HCS Student Art Selected for 2013 Helen Keller Art Show

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02-04-2013 (HCS) – Artwork of three Hoover City Schools students has embarked on a statewide tour following a successful run in the 2013 Helen Keller Art Show held January 27 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

The three students - Hope Hickman (Berry), Rea Green (Brock’s Gap) and Max Marchalonis (Trace Crossings) – have been basking in the news ever since, along with their families, friends and teachers, says Melanie Weldon – a HCS instructional support teacher who helps with art development and submissions.

“I get a lot of inspiration from the art that the art teachers hang in the halls of the different schools. When I see a technique that I think might be a good fit for a student to try, I'll ask the art teacher at that school to find out how to do that technique,” Weldon said.

Mediums used for this year’s award-winning entries include paint, chalk, mixed-media (molded/dried fabric and yarn), stamping, needlework and craft paper.

“Some students know exactly what they want to do, and I'm pretty much just there to help with supplies or if they need help with a technique,” Weldon said. “For other students, I plan the activity, and we go from there.”

Rea Green’s work is titled W-A-T-E-R at Ivy Green. Max Marchalonis named his piece Planets by Max. Hope Hickman's painting (Cherry Blossoms) received The Eye Foundation’s Purchase Award and will go on permanent display at The Eye Foundation.

Weldon and other district personnel including HCS Director of Instructional Support Dr. Barbara Mayer support vision-impaired art efforts throughout the school year in other area competitions including the Congressman and Mrs. Bachus Holiday Art Show and the Liz Moore Low Vision Center Holiday Art Show.

"I have had the pleasure of attending several of these awards presentations and am always in awe of the beautiful artwork completed by our students. The types of work completed are varied and unique each year," Mayer said, adding that she's impressed with Weldon's "enthusiastic and appropriate" art ideas for these students.

Support for the annual Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is provided through the sale of the art and through sponsors including UAB Vision Science Research Center – Education and Outreach Module, UAB School of Optometry, UAB Program for Visual Impairments, UAB School of Education, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, the Patty Johnson Award, the Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau and the Nelson Family Award.

The 2013 Helen Keller Artshow artwork by Green, Marchalonis and Hickman remains on display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute through March 1, 2013. From there, it goes on to exhibits in Tuscumbia, Mobile and UAB. For more information on how to become a sponsor, participant or to purchase artwork, contact Carol Allison at callison@uab.edu or 205.934.0834.

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