WMOA draws youth to its community


“Happy.” “Excited.” “Proud.”

Those were the words elementary schoolers used to describe the way they felt about awards for an art contest the Warwick Museum of Art (WMOA) recently held.

Eighty-two students, including a handful of home-schooled children, participated, with six of them earning accolades for their creative work.

WMOA board members showcased the art in their newly renovated art classroom, made possible by a $57,000 grant from the Champlin Foundations, and invited students and their loved ones to attend a family-friendly celebration and open house at the WMOA on Saturday.

The event featured a cake-cutting ceremony (acknowledging the building’s 100th year) along with arts and crafts, face-painting and an improvisational comedy hour.

First place winner August Allaire, a third grader at Hoxsie, earned one free week at WMOA’s summer art camp and said she enjoyed the contest and that her favorite school subject is art.

“It’s fun,” August said. “I like to draw.”

Other winners, including Molly Daniels, a first grader from Scott; Jacey Foshey, a fifth grader from Randall Holden; and Jordan Petrucci, a fifth grader from Holliman, were also there. Each of them earned honorable mentions and a $25 gift certificate to A.C. Moore.

Second place winner Jillian Higgins, a sixth grader at Park, who won seven two-hour sessions at the summer camp, and Daniel Bergeron, a third grader at Oakland Beach, who earned an honorable mention, were not at the event, but everyone offered them a round of applause for their hard work.

Mia Thompson, president of the Rhode Island Art Educator Association, judged the show. According to WMOA Program Director Patty Martucci, Thompson dedicated two hours to viewing the entries before deciding on winners.

“The quality of the art is really extraordinary,” Martucci said.

Martucci, as well as Michelle Place-Gleason, president of the WMOA board, and Deb Mercer, board member, said they are looking forward to art camp, which starts June 25 and runs through Aug. 17. Classes are for children ages 6 through 12.

Currently, the museum is hosting “Tell Me a Story,” an exhibit that features artists who are members of the New England Chapter of the Society of Children’s Books. The exhibit will run until the end of the month, said Mercer.

The museum is housed in the historic Kentish Artillery Armory at 3259 Post Road in Apponaug. For more information about the WMOA or to register for art camp, visit warwickmuseum.org. Find the WMOA on Facebook at Facebook.com/WarwickMuseum.


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