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by Dave Warner

The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts annual Reflections Art show opened Monday evening, celebrating student and teacher artists from Dolgeville, Central Valley Academy, Herkimer, Little Falls, Frankfort-Schuyler, and Richfield Springs.

Heather McCutcheon with the Herkimer Central School District said, “This is the fifth year that we’ve had this show and it’s awesome because we can have students and teachers artwork displayed together. So it’s one of those things where we’re a reflection of each other, which is why we call it a Reflections show.”

They show is scheduled to coincide with Youth Art Month, which is the month of March. “The show starts now, but goes into March, so we can count it in our report for Youth Art Month,” said McCutcheon.

More than 50 pieces of artwork are on display from teachers and students in the participating districts. “Five of my students are out there and it’s pretty awesome to have their work together and we can celebrate together,” she said.

Executive Director of the MVCA Jane Malin said, “For us, it’s exciting to see the young kids come in and have the public schools represented and come in and see the looks on their faces to have something shown in an art gallery.”

“It gets parents here, siblings, faculty, and administrators coming through all month long. It’s a nice way to recognize all the hard work that the public schools go through and how hard the teachers work,” she said.

“I always think it’s great to show the teacher’s work as well. They’re great supporters of the art center and it’s just a nice way to get a lot of people through here, which is my goal,” Malin ended.