The students in the Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade classes were treated to a wonderful gallery experience at the annual Burlington City Arts “Of Land and Local” art exhibit which is held each fall at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. The children enjoyed viewing and discussing the many different pieces of original artwork with the education staff from BCA as they toured the gallery spaces with their classroom teachers and Art Teacher Laura Poirier. This year’s theme showcased each artist’s personal connection to the Shelburne Farms property, and included paintings, photography, organic and non-organic sculptures, fiber art and fused glass work. Several of the artists incorporated video, sound and slide show monitors into their displays to enhance and continue the artistic vision and story-telling of their artwork, creating a multi-sensory experience for the viewers.
The BCA staff received a nice thank-you letter and photo collage of pictures taken during the gallery visits from the school, signed by the students and teachers. The Renaissance School received a nice note from Burlington City Arts Director of Visitor Services and Gallery Education Melinda Johns which was shared with the students: “Thank you for bringing the Renaissance School 3-5th grade students to the Coach Barn again this year to explore our annual Of Land & Local exhibition! I really enjoyed seeing you again and interacting with the students. They are so inquisitive and engaged, it's truly a treat to spend time with them interpreting works of art and hearing their ideas and insights. We look forward to future visits and collaborations! We also invite the Renaissance School to visit the BCA Center to explore exhibitions and gallery education programs during the school year.”