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Holiday Art Trail has 134 pieces from Sylvania students


Lucy Arrigo, 11, left, looks at artwork done by her fellow students during an open house at the Hickman Cancer Center at Flower Hospital.

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Sylvania students demonstrated their inner artist for the Fourth Annual Holiday Art Trail.

The installation exhibited at Flower Hospital’s Hickman Cancer Center Friday night featured a cornucopia of mediums, from ceramics, construction paper, and crayons to watercolors, and pencil.

“The main aspect of this is highlighting the artistic talents of our students and giving them another platform to shine. The arts are an integral part to an overall vibrant educational experience,” Superintendent Brad Rieger said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students' artwork at Flower Hospital 

Mr. Rieger was one of the final judges who chose which pieces would be displayed at the art trail. Overall, 134 pieces were chosen, representing each grade and every school within the Sylvania City School District.

The installation was one of 15 sites and businesses that are part of the trail which was organized by the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. In conjunction with the students art exhibit, works were on view at American Gallery, 6600 Sylvania Ave.; Mary Weis & Friends, 14 Winding Creek Place; and Beautiful Blooms by Jen, 5646 Summit St.

Many of the works on display throughout the trail are of local artists and for sale.

For first grader Abby Sanford, 7, her rainbow-colored train was her first entry into in an art exhibit.

Her art teacher, Challen Baker of Maplewood Elementary School, said Abby used a water-color crayon-resist method, coloring the train first and then brushing paint over it.

Students of Jennifer Bucher’s art class, taught at Timberstone Junior High School, applied what they learned from about upcycling to create pieces inspired by the African culture. Upcycling is “when one repurposes something to make it into something higher,” Ms. Bucher explained.

Cans, phone wire, and buttons were used to create symmetrical African masks.

The Art Trail continues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information and for stops along the trail, visit

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 

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