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Sylvania elementary school students take pride in artwork on display


Highland Elementary student Riley Aimes, 9, gets a kiss from his grandmother Luann Canham during the Sylvania Elementary Art Show at Sylvania Historical Village. Canham, who came from Florida to view the show which featured Riley's wooden tiger he's holding, said she was proud of him, them gave him the kiss.

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Not all bags are limited to paper or plastic.

In Panama, women construct sacks out of dried out pineapple, Highland Elementary School third grader Samantha Grana told her mother Gretchen.

This year, her third grade class made a similar container in the style of the hand-woven chacara bags, used to carry babies and market goodies.

The Samantha was one of about 600 Sylvania elementary students who have showcased or will showcase their artwork at the Sylvania Heritage Museum, which is carrying the displays through the end of March.

The artwork, a colorful contrast to the dark wood flooring and furniture of the historic home, provides a cultural look of many countries, such as  Mexico and Russia.

Nico Sarantou, 9, showed off his exaggerated version of a frog, which had extra long legs and hands painted in whimsical pattern. The wooden figurine was an example of the Mexican art Oaxacan. Traditionally, the art is hand-carved wooden animals crafted to look like magical creatures as their features are accentuated with an array of colors and designs.

For Nico, this was his first art reception. Each elementary school will have a reception, open to the public, every Wednesday. This week, it was Highland’s turn.

“I think its been a lot of fun to see all the different kids’ creations in such a unique setting," said Nico’s mother Marna Wamsher. Excited about his first official art show, Nico reminded his family everyday about the reception, she said.

From the vintage furniture to the wooden door frames, everything at the museum was covered in art. Even Salvador Dali’s elephant paintings were praised in the form of imitation. Paintings of elephant with long legs, so long they resembled an animal on stilts, lined a room entrance.

Other paintings from students gave a nod to this year’s Winter Olympics home, Sochi, Russia, as images of the iconic nesting dolls were creatively thrown in the mix of cultural objects.

The Heritage Museum, 5717 N. Main St. is open on 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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

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