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FWCD showcases art at faculty exhibition

Art enthusiasts gathered recently at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center for a wine and cheese reception for the Fort Worth Country Day School Faculty Art Exhibition.

Teachers from the 109’s Country Day showcased their work at the exhibit, which is available to the public until May 30.

Artist Marisa Williamson shared her mixed media works, three-dimensional narratives exploring the effects of media moments on the psyche.

Lou Light, Lila Wallis, and Dawn Taft displayed oil paintings titled “Ranuncuculus,” “Bree,” and “Chestnut.”

Other artists shared works inspired by master painters. Nancy Anderson showcased an oil painting modeled after Van Gogh, while Shauna Smith shared her painting inspired by the work of Cezanne.

High school art teacher Tom Delaney exhibited his black and white gesso paintings. He said his current work explores the iconic image of the American home.

“I am interested in the way we collect, organize, and store objects in our attics, closets, garages, trunks, bins, or under the bed,” Delaney said. “This process is always in flux. If an empty space exists, we usually fill it with stuff.”

Delaney has been teaching at FWCD since 2000. He says his students work on their own ideas within the school’s curriculum, exploring traditional and experimental media.

“Teaching is a dedication and an honor,” Delaney said. “I was hooked the first time I taught in the studio classroom.”

“My students inspire me, while I help them find their visual voice in art,” Delaney said. “Seeing students ignited and enthusiastic once they find their spark of inspiration remains my favorite aspect of teaching art.”

Visual art is an integral part of Fort Worth Country Day’s education program. Student work will be displayed at the Sid W. Richardson Visual Arts Center at FWCD through May 20 as part of the Art Fundamentals Exhibit and Middle School Art Show.

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