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Local entries included in international children's art show

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“American Culture” by Rowan Stephenson, 9, of Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, is one of 150 works displayed in the 16th International Children’s Art Show, open through Aug. 1
NORWALK, CT - Pieces by students from several shoreline towns are included in a special free art exhibit featuring 150 works by children from 30 countries, now on display at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The 16th International Children’s Art Exhibit is presented by Creative Connections in Norwalk and co-sponsored by DHL Express. The exhibit is free because it is displayed in the Aquarium’s Cascade Café and adjacent hallway, which can be entered without paying Maritime Aquarium admission.

Theme of the show is “Putting Myself in the Picture.” The drawings and paintings were created by children who were asked “what I value most in my culture.” The catch: they had to put themselves somewhere in the work.

“Celebrating Chinese New Year” by Rebecca Sato, 12, of Rippowam Middle School in Stamford
The children’s responses and talents range broadly but reflect activities, celebrations and everyday occurrences that are important in their worlds. Titles include: “Summer in Cyprus” by two friends, 9- and a 10-year-old girls enjoying a sunny day on a Cypriot beach; “My Childhood” by a 13-year-old girl from China, munching on a watermelon while sitting on a lotus leaf; “Maslenitza” by a 15-year-old girl from Russia, depicting a national celebration (also known as “Pancake Week”) at the end of winter; and “Water is Precious,” a watercolor painting by a 13-year-old girl from Sri Lanka that shows “a normal daily routine of our life.”

Pieces are included from 30 countries across the globe, including China, Poland, Uganda, Cambodia, Guatemala, Latvia, Kenya and Ireland.

“My Childhood” by Liu Yijie, 13, of China, is one of 150 works displayed in the 16th International Children’s Art Show, open through Aug. 1
Children from the United States are equally represented, including about two dozen from Fairfield County. Among the schools with featured students are: North Mianus School in Greenwich, Tokeneke Elementary School in Darien, the Unquowa School in Fairfield, John Winthrop School in Bridgeport, and six schools in Norwalk.

Makenna Goeller, 9, of North Mianus School in Greenwich, used pastels to draw her family around their decorated tree on Christmas Day. Rebecca Sato, 12, of Rippowam Middle School in Stamford, used colored pencils to show her family raising a toast to the Chinese New Year. And Melanie Espitia, 9, of Tokeneke Elementary School in Darien, painted herself running in a park with her mother and sister.

In a sampling of 10 Norwalk pieces, Max Parizot, 9, of Rowayton Elementary School, drew himself working on a school science project. Kamil Osagie, 9, of Jefferson Science Magnet School, sketched herself making a pizza with her sister. And Rowan Stephenson, 9, of Brookside Elementary School, had our nation’s “melting pot” in mind in drawing five girls of different cultures (herself included) – wearing their native clothing – in front of an American flag.

“Summer in Cyprus” by Alexandra Aristou, 10, and Andria Savva, 9, both of Cyprus, is one of 150 works displayed in the 16th International Children’s Art Show, open through Aug. 1
The 16th International Children’s Art Exhibit will be open at The Maritime Aquarium through Aug. 1.

Creative Connections, the show’s presenter, is a non-profit international cultural exchange organization that educates young people by encouraging their awareness, understanding and appreciation of other cultures as well as of their own. Learn more at www.creativeconnections.org.

DHL Express, the show’s co-sponsor, is the global market leader in the international express business. It’s part of the world’s leading logistics group, Deutsche Post DHL. DHL offers integrated services and tailored, customer-focused solutions for managing and transporting letters, goods and information.

For more details about other exhibits, IMAX movies, programs and more at The Maritime Aquarium this summer, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700.

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