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Bridge Gallery showing Children’s Art tonight

By Staff | May 10, 2012

Photos by Kelley Craig Photography Photos of Willson Moody (8); Macaulay Bloom (6); Sam Struthers (6)

Kathryn Burns of The Bridge is opening her gallery to the students of Shepherdstown Montessori Academy to show their best pieces from working with teacher Emily Vaughn over the school year.

The Shepherdstown Montessori Academy’s (SMA) students have selected work from their portfolios that they have built since September and are helping Ms. Vaughn and Mrs. Burns curate the show. During the event, children will talk to guests about their work and receive awards. The show is open to the public tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Bridge has worked for over ten years with designers, artists and architects in the Mid-Atlantic area. This is the first show that features the works of children. Molly Northrup Bloom, Chair of SMA’s Board of Directors says “This opportunity is another example of our community’s commitment to creating unique experiences that enrich the lives of our children and our town. We are very thankful to Kathryn and Emily for teaching and inspiring us all to appreciate and make art.”

Shepherdstown Montessori Academy was established in 2011 and is a combined approach elementary school for ages 5 to 12, grades K-6. SMA follows the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori and offer authentic learning experiences in a small group environment. The school grew out of the popular Light of the Child Montessori preschool which continues to serve 3 to 5 year old students. For additional information visit: shepherdstownmontessoriacademy.com

The Bridge Gallery, located at 8566 Shepherdstown Pike, is owned and operated by Kathryn Burns and will be starting its’ 5th year this July. The Gallery features original fine art by local and regional artists, ceramics, photography, prints and posters and a wide variety of frames for custom framing. A selection of antique furniture is always on display; commercial services to the trade are also available. 7For additional information visit www.bridgegalleryandframing.com or call (304) 876-2300.

Emily Vaughn originally hails from Baltimore, and is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Post graduation, she took a job teaching english to elementary student in rural Japan, where she learned to love working with children. Vaughn returned to Baltimore, and served two years in MICA’s Community Arts Americorp program, where she helped to develop an after school arts and education program in one of Baltimore’s most economically depressed neighborhoods. She moved to Jefferson County in 2009, and has been amazed by the community’s support and response to her community arts endeavors. In addition to Shepherdstown Montessori Academy, she teaches home school art and after school classes at Four Seasons Books, and is partnering with Jefferson County Parks and Rec. to offer 6 week-long arts and crafts summer camps This is her first year teaching art at SMA, and she is very proud of all her students.

For more information about the event, please contact SMA Board Chair, Molly Northrup Bloom at northrup.bloom@gmail.com or by cell at 917-309-0316.