CFISD art educator exhibit opens to acclaim at LSC—CyFair

September 25, 2015

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Anthony Middle School art teacher Brad Conklin answers questions about his painting of a tropical bird to Lone Star College—CyFair students at the opening reception of the Expanding exhibit at LSC—CyFair’s Bosque Gallery on Sept. 24. Expanding, a mixed media show on display through Oct. 29, features artwork from CFISD art educators.

Sept. 25, 2015—Dozens of guests filled the Bosque Gallery on the Lone Star College—CyFair campus on Sept. 24 for the opening reception of the Expanding exhibit, showcasing 39 pieces of art from 27 CFISD art educators.

The mixed media show is the result of a collaboration of workshops through the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA). According to curator and Cypress Lakes High School art teacher Lee Ann Carrier, the exhibit’s purpose is to share educator empowerment via the exploration of artistic methods while inspiring creativity personally and professionally within the classroom environment.

“I am really impressed by the talent of everyone on display,” Carrier said. “I am proud of our Cy-Fair ssteachers for deciding to take a step forward and put themselves into it.”

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Lone Star College—CyFair music professor Drew Slatton admires the artwork created by Langham Creek High School art teacher Margaret Walker at the opening reception for the Expanding exhibit at the Bosque Gallery of LSC—CyFair on Sept. 24.

The artwork, most of which was created in professional development sessions over the summer, will be donated to the silent auction of the TAEA’s 2015 conference, scheduled for Nov. 12-14 at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Proceeds from the artwork, which followed the conference’s tropical bird theme, will go toward scholarships for students pursuing art majors and careers in art education.

“I love that the organization is giving scholarships to students, because we need more art educators in schools and in society,” said Carrier, a Cypress Springs alumna. “I had the best art teachers in high school; I learned everything because of the knowledge they gave me and had an advantage over other students when I went to the University of Houston.”

Sarah Sanders, CFISD art coordinator, expressed pride in the teachers for boasting their talents in a noteworthy venue.

“We have been talking about having a teacher exhibit for several years, and to see it in person is so impressive,” Sanders said. “I am so proud of these teachers. They have so many different strengths—from 2D to 3D, painters, collage artists, mixed media of all different sizes. This is an exciting night.”

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Gloria Anderson, academic achievement specialist at Thornton Middle School, admires the artwork created by Cypress Lakes High School teacher Lee Ann Carrier at the opening reception for the Expanding exhibit at Lone Star College—Cy-Fair’s Bosque Gallery on Sept. 24.

First-year art teacher Rashid Lane of Cypress Lakes High School contributed two pieces to the exhibit. He said the opportunity to participate served as an outlet for fueling the creativity of his inner artist.

“I had so much fun mixing the colors in my first piece that I said I wanted to make another one. I loved just getting to be an artist,” he said. “As a teacher you can get overwhelmed with the administrative aspect of the job and struggle to find time to make art, but it was encouraging to see so many of my fellow teachers still making art. This is what I always want to do; I always want to be both an artist and a teacher.”

The Expanding exhibit will be open through Oct. 29. For gallery hours and other information, visit http://www.lonestar.edu/bosquegallery.

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Cypress Ridge High School art teacher Shawna Billet stands by two pieces that she created for the Expanding exhibit at Lone Star College—Cy-Fair’s Bosque Gallery.

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Cypress Lakes High School art teacher Michaela Bakondy discusses her artwork with Cypress Lakes Principal Sarah Harty at the Expanding exhibit as Keith Elementary School staff member Stephen Bakondy looks on during the opening reception at the Bosque Gallery on Sept. 24. 

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