Thursday, May 17, 2007

Henry twins accomplished artists

The Kleiner twins know that talent in art is something they share.

(submitted by Michael Kleiner)
Seven-year old Devra and Matthew of West Mt. Airy, first-graders at C.W. Henry School, each have received city-wide art awards. Henry art teacher Evelyn Bock recognized the talent and submitted their art work.

Devra received first place in the first-grade category of the Youth Art Month Exhibition Awards sponsored by Moore College of Art and Design. The competition was Moore’s way of celebrating National Youth Art Month in March. Three winners plus honorable mentions were honored in first-12th grades. The contest was judged by Moore BFA and post-baccalaureate Art Education students.

Devra received a certificate and a scholarship to Moore’s Young Artists Workshop, worth $400. Henry sixth-grader Eqyniah Dandy placed second and eighth-grader Duyen Nguyen placed third in their grade categories. Mela Kuieh, Autumn Mapp, Phuoc Nguyen (6th grade), Charnice Culmer, Yehwanda Goodwin and Troye Thomas (8th grade) were honorable mention selections.

Matthew was an honorable mention selection in the Kindergarten-3rd grade category in the Animals in Art Contest presented by the Woman’s Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in cooperation with the School District of Philadelphia Division of Art Education. The ceremony on May 8 was in honor of “Be Kind to Animals Week” May 6-12. Other categories were 4th-6th , 7th-9th and 10th-12th grades. Matthew was the only Henry student recognized. There were 500 entrants and 21 winners, said Janice Mininberg, Director of Humane Education for the Women’s Humane Society.

Joe Mead, legislative aid to City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, read a “Be Kind to Animals Week” citation from City Council, and presented the awards along with Tessie Varthas, Lead Academic Coach for Art Education for the School District of Philadelphia, and Joel H. Hersh, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PA SART). Matthew received a certificate, sketch pad, colored pencils, water colors, oil pastels, lapel pin, and a coloring book, Chance, Davy, And The Hurricane, which was written for PA SART “to make the public aware of the proper items one should have in place for their pets in the event of an emergency.”

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