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Thursday Reception Opens Art Teachers’ Gallery Exhibit

Sharon Cressinger-McCuen Appreciative gallery patrons move among the teachers' artwork Exhibit runs through June 27 Artists meet on common ground Craig KaufmanThe Gallery at Penn College held an official opening Thursday for “The Art of Education ,” an exhibit of work by art teachers in K-12 schools in northcentral Pennsylvania. Through June 27, 31 teachers will exhibit their work during the Madigan Library gallery’s tribute to the talented educators who inspire creativity and instill an appreciation for art in young people. First prize was awarded to Sharon Cressinger-McCuen, of Selinsgrove, for her work, “Red Poppies with Blue Bird,” monotype and water-based ink. A retired educator in the WIlliamsport Area School District, she taught at Hepburn-Lycoming Elementary School. The second prize-winner was Craig Kaufman, of Williamsport, for his piece, “Foghorn,” oil on canvas and birch. He teaches at WASD’s Andrew G. Curtin Middle School. Awarded third prize was Jeffrey Overman, of Wyalusing, for his watercolor, “6 a.m. Hogan’s Pond.” He teaches at Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High School, in the Wyalusing Area School District. The juror was Deb Stabley of Bloomsburg, who has conducted workshops at the elementary through university level and is represented in numerous books and magazines. She and her husband are full-time artists who own Creative Clay Works. Votes for the Viewer’s Choice award will be accepted through the end of the exhibit. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Summer hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. The gallery is closed Mondays. Photos by Michael S. Fischer, student photographer, and Lenore G. Penfield, director of special events and Madigan Library gallery