GREENWICH, Conn. -- Drawings by four students from North Mianus School in Greenwich are among those featured in a special gallery show, featuring 150 works by children from 22 countries, now open at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
The International Children’s Art Exhibit is presented by Creative Connections in Norwalk through Labor Day. The exhibit is free and is displayed in The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX Theater lobby, which can be entered without paid admission.
The theme of the 2013 show is “Illuminate! Bringing My Culture to Light.” The drawings and paintings were created by children ages 8 to 16 who were challenged to share a cultural belief or value that is meaningful to them. The catch: They also had to include a natural, man-made or symbolic source of light.
“It’s interesting to see how the children’s responses range broadly, while at the same time reflect similarities – such as family, friends and community – despite their different worlds,” Judith Bacal, the aquarium’s exhibits director, said in a statement.
Pieces are included from 22 countries, including China, Poland, Uganda, Cambodia, Guatemala, Latvia, Cyprus, Turkey, Senegal, Nepal, Mexico and Ireland.
Children from Connecticut – including dozens from 16 schools in Fairfield County – are equally represented. Entries by the North Mianus students are:
• “Fireflies in the Night” by Katherine Feldmeth, 9.
• “Fourth of July” by Harrison Kriebel, 9.
• “Veterans Day” by Ryan Lewis, 9.
• “My Family Tradition” by Cesar Valdez, 10.
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