Pieces by several Darien students are included in a free art exhibit featuring 150 works by children from 30 countries on display at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The 16th International Children's Art Exhibit features the theme, "Putting Myself in the Picture." The drawings and paintings were created by children who were asked what they value most in their culture. The catch: They had to put themselves somewhere in the work. The children's responses and talents range broadly but reflect activities, celebrations and everyday occurrences that are important in their worlds, exhibit officials said.

Entries by three Tokeneke Elementary School students are displayed. They include:

"Fall Day" by Melanie Espitia, 9, who painted herself running in a park with her mother and sister;

"The Horse Trail" by Liza Gregory, showing herself riding horseback;

"Me and My Friends Skating" by Annelise Finn, depicting Annelise and friends at an ice rink.

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Other Fairfield County students are among the U.S. entries. The majority of pieces came from 30 countries across the globe, including China, Poland, Uganda, Cambodia, Guatemala, Latvia, Kenya and Ireland. Titles include: "Summer in Cyprus" by two girls, ages 9 and 10, enjoying a sunny day on a Cypriot beach; "My Childhood" by a 13-year-old girl from China, who depicts herself munching on a watermelon while sitting on a lotus leaf; "Maslenitza" by a 15-year-old girl from Russia, depicting a national celebration (also known as "Pancake Week") at the end of winter; and "Water is Precious," a watercolor painting by a 13-year-old girl from Sri Lanka that shows "a normal daily routine of our life."

The free exhibit will be on display through Aug. 1.

Creative Connections, the show's presenter along with DHL Express, is a nonprofit international cultural exchange organization that educates young people by encouraging their awareness, understanding and appreciation of other cultures as well as of their own. Learn more at www.creativeconnections.org.

For more details visit www.maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.