All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso
The Mazza Museum International Art from Picture Books not only showcases the work of the world’s finest illustrators in children’s literature, it is also committed to nurturing the artist in every young child. Every year, the walls of the conference room are adorned with art inspired by the keynote speakers’ work. These special works of art are the masterpieces of the budding young artists of Washington Local Schools, guided year after year by Art Specialist Jeri Madsen. Dedicated to both her students and the Mazza Museum, Jeri has spent countless hours bringing these colorful works to every Mazza conference. As Jeri prepares to retire, I’d like to thank her for the visual feast she and her students prepare each year. And since, this post is really all about Jeri and her students, I’m going to be quiet now. And let the art speak. Feast away! Click to enlarge.
All I can say is, “WOW!” With this kind of talent and this kind of leadership, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day one of these young artists’ artwork ends up on a different Mazza wall. Say, the gallery itself? Well done, students of Washington Local Schools. Don’t ever let the artist grow out of you!