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Art exhibit showcases special talent

The art of students from A Place to Grow has filled the galleries at Lincoln Cultural Center.
“I just think it’s exciting to see all the work they’ve done,” said Ellen Wilson, mother of 3-year-old Rilee.
Decorating the walls are handprints and stamps, colored pumpkins and collages.
The exhibit is the culmination of a year of art projects done by the school’s preschool and special needs students.
Creating art helps students with speech and motor skills. It’s also a way for them to communicate, something that’s not always easy.
“This is one of the few ways they can express themselves,” said Anita Laney, a teacher’s aid at the school.
For the art opening, the students went to the Cultural Center on a field trip to admire their own and classmate’s work.
“It’s just like Christmas to them,” said Sherry Reinhardt, assistant director.
This is the seventh year the school’s students’ art has been on exhibit. It is sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County.
“It’s always wonderful,” said Gary Lee, president of the Arts Council. “It’s a great way to showcase their work, show the community what they’re doing.”
Parents and grandparents also attended the opening, making it a family event.
“It shows support. They feel love,” said Pat Richardson, grandmother to 2-year-old Isaiah. “We’re behind them, and we’re proud of them.”
For outsiders viewing the student’s work, the exhibit shows what they can do. It also shows that A Place to Grow is alive and well.
“Everyone’s just stepped in and helped us,” said Denise Zock, director.
During last year’s art show, school leaders were dealing with state funding cuts. There was even talk of the school shutting down.
“The community literally kept us going,” Reinhardt said.
Community support is still going strong for the school. A silent auction is currently being held as part of the art exhibit. Two quilts are up for grabs, both designed by the school’s students.
“There’s a lot of time and love that go into their choices,” Reinhardt said of the work.
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Want to go?
A Place to Grow’s Annual Art Show runs through March 23 at the Lincoln Cultural Center in downtown Lincolnton. It can be viewed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
by Sarah Grano

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