Postcards Bring Art to Soldiers

NEWPORT CITY - Through a collaborative effort among district wide teachers, area students have created art work on postcards and the cards, after a showing at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, will be sent to troops overseas.Art teachers from the North Country District met at the beginning of the year and wanted to do a project that would encompass all schools and students who attend art classes. The meeting evolved into the idea of creating postcards for military troops serving overseas.Students in art classes from every school, including home schooled students, were given the opportunity to participate, said Pat Sanders, art teacher at North Country Union High School. More than 1,300 post cards were made from students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The art work will be on display at the MAC on Main Street in Newport with an opening celebration this Friday from 5 PM until 7 PM. The celebration, open to the public, will allow visitors to stroll through the display and see what local students created. The celebration will include music by Emily Nyman, and for a refreshment, ice cream. The art will remain on display from March 23 until April 23.The project is called “Art Post: Positive Artistic Images of Support from our Vermont Art Students.”“It is a celebration and display of our children’s participation in the Visual Arts Programs throughout the North Country Supervisory Union and their visual messages of support for our troops overseas, focused around the central theme of positive artistic messages,” Sanders said. Some sent messages to the troops thanking them, others sent artistic images of Vermont or other art they created.Sanders says the display creates quite an impact. “It’s really interesting to see the range of work from students…the impact of K through 12th grade students. As a whole, it’s pretty exciting.”After the showing is over, the postcards will be delivered to the VFW Alfred Pepin Post in Newport, which will arrange to have the postcards sent to a distributions center that handles care packages for troops serving overseas.Sanders hopes the opportunity for district wide art teachers to work together on projects again in the future continues.