CFISD students join art celebration at local H-E-B grand opening

September 5, 2015


Artist Brendan O’Connell guides Rennell Elementary School fifth-grade student Tralonda Washington as she creates H-E-B-themed artwork during a grand opening event at the H-E-B Market at Tuckerton store on Sept. 2.

Sept. 5, 2015—Student artists from Rennell Elementary School and other neighboring districts helped preview the fall celebration of student creativity, EveryArtist Live!, by participating in a painting event at the grand opening of the H-E-B Market at Tuckerton store on Sept. 2.

Guided by EveryArtist founder, artist Brendan O’Connell, Rennell fifth-grade student Tralonda Washington and fourth-grade student Jamila Ziauddin painted representations of the H-E-B product Quench to help promote EveryArtist Live!, which has visited CFISD for the last two years.

H-E-B Houston Division President Scott McClelland was also in attendance for the event to celebrate the grand opening while touting the company’s sponsorship of EveryArtist.


Principal Leslie Thomas observes as artist Brendan O’Connell assists Rennell Elementary School fourth-grade student Jamila Ziauddin with her H-E-B product artwork.

“What an incredible opportunity for our students to paint with professional artist Brendan O’Connell in such a public venue as the new H-E-B on Fry and Tuckerton,” said Sarah Sanders, CFISD art coordinator. “His encouragement and guidance along with their unique and creative perspectives produced these beautiful works of art. These exemplary students have proven once again that creativity is the most important resource in our children because it develops problem-solving abilities, curiosity and a tolerance for taking risks.” 

O’Connell, known for his supermarket-themed artwork, created EveryArtist as an outlet to bring together young artists and spark human creativity. The theme for the 2015 event, set for Oct. 29, is What Fuels Your Creativity? O’Connell’s goal is to have 500,000 children across the country simultaneously creating works of art to interpret this theme.


CFISD Art Coordinator Sarah Sanders watches as Rennell fourth-rade student Jamila Ziauddin paints a representation of the H-E-B Quench sports drink.

Rennell students were chosen for the lead-up event at H-E-B Market at Tuckerton because the store recently joined Lone Star College – CyFair in an Adopt-a-School partnership with the campus.

“Everyone, including the parents and shoppers who stopped by to watch the students paint, was so impressed, excited and somewhat surprised by the quality of the work,” Sanders said. “We are so proud of our CFISD art students and our programs.”


Scott McClelland, H-E-B Houston division president, far left, and artist Brendan O’Connell, far right, celebrate the artwork of Rennell students Tralonda Washington, left; and Jamila Ziauddin, right.


Artists from Rennell Elementary School and other Houston-area schools help preview the fall celebration of art by painting at the H-E-B Market at Tuckerton grand opening on Sept. 2. 

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