Real estate office plays host to student art in Darien
DARIEN — A new venue for creative Darien High School students has been created downtown, thanks to a local real estate agency.
William Pitt Sotheby’s Post Road office will be play host to a rotating collection of student artwork that includes painting, photography and ceramics.
The public is invited any time to stop in and see the work. Sunday afternoon the office hosted an opening reception for a artists and visitors.
“We’ve been thinking about way we can give back to the community,” explained Lynley Middleberg, brokerage manager, “and how we can show our support.”
“My marketing director had told me about the student show at Upper Crust Bakery,” she said, which featured art of all age students.
Middleberg said they reached out to Jaclyn Sammis, K-12 curriculum coordinator for the art department, who was very pleased with the offer.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to get our students’ work out into the community,” Sammis said.
She explained the unique program at the high school, which still prides one of the few working photographic darkrooms around, includes 58 sections of 19 different courses.
“This is a great way of getting it out there without it being a competitive situation,” she said. “I look for as many opportunities to show student work around town as I can.”
Works by a dozen students will be on display through the month, with others rotated in on a monthly basis throughout the year.
Kristen Picard, 17, a senior who has studied painting, was pleased with the chance to share her work.
“I put a lot of my heart and soul into my paintings,” she said. “It’s my own expression in the work.”
Consequently, she said, there’s a value in getting word from those who get to view it.
“I like when people see them because they often have good response to them,” she said. “If other people see them and feel good, I enjoy that a lot.”
“I think it’s a great opportunity for them to have their work acknowledged and appreciated... in a community that really fosters the arts,” said Lauren Stelluti, an art teacher at the high school. “I think it’s really important for them to see that the town really encourages their creativity.”
“They’re such incredible talent... There’s so much feeling and emotion that goes into it (and) I think when they show their work, they’re kind of putting themselves out there and allowing people see their vision when they were working.”
“I think they’re all amazing,” Sammis said of her students, “and we love showing them off. They really think it’s a big deal to have their work shown and they’re excited.”