Haldane Art Gallery at Foodtown
Student artwork is showcased year-round in our community as a result of this innovative public art gallery project, initiated in 2017 by Haldane Arts Alliance in partnership with the Haldane PTA and Foodtown Grocery of Cold Spring. Installations occur on a quarterly basis, thanks to Arts Alliance members who coordinate with Haldane's teaching staff to rotate multi-grade student artwork.
Paul Satkowski, Foodtown Manager, comes to Haldane each year so that Haldane 6th graders can interview him about the Foodtown Gallery. Haldane art teacher Angela Branco says:
"This interview provides a real-world art experience for the students, as Foodtown becomes our client, with certain expectations and limits. Students must create 2D work in order to allow for installation in the space, and they are encouraged to create work that keeps the Cold Spring community in mind.
"Materials, techniques, and subject matter are left open-ended from there, and many of the students use their own interests as jumping off points. The sixth graders learn new techniques each day that they may choose to incorporate into their work, including pencil and paint shading, blocking in, and embellishing with Styrofoam prints. The students give each other feedback along the way, often inspiring each other to make some very intriguing choices."
Students in all grades are encouraged to write artist statements to accompany their work -- an opportunity to hone their skills at communicating their artistic intent. The entire community benefits from this interaction of public + art, with real-world applications and experiences for our student artists.
Student artwork at the Haldane Art Gallery at Foodtown has even been purchased ! In 2018, two community members purchased a painting created by two Haldane 6th graders. They are pictured at the right, in back, celebrating their acquisition! Also pictured are the student artists, Haldane art teacher Angela Branco, and Haldane Arts Alliance's volunteer gallery coordinator, Rachel Emig. Volunteers are welcome to join the teams that change over exhibitions (when Foodtown is closed!)
Note: If you are interested in purchasing a student work of art from Foodtown Gallery, please contact us first. Not all students are willing to part with their art!
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