Thursday, October 6, 2011

Montgomery Student Artists on Display in Balboa Park, Cricket Corporate Headquarters

student and adult
Student Eric and
artist Diana Duval.
Students at the Art Institute reception.
Student and art
Student Adriana
with her art.

Artwork from students at Montgomery Middle School is featured at the San Diego Art Institute at the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, through this Sunday, Oct. 9.

The artwork, from Montgomery sixth-grade students, is on display in the David Fleet Young Artist Gallery, which features student artwork from all over San Diego County. The school also has an ongoing relationship with Cricket Wireless, which has displayed student artwork from Montgomery in its Kearny Mesa headquarters for several years.

Teachers Lorraine Castro, Edelmira Gomez, Lisa Gardner and Emelyn Leppard have continued to teach art at the school and ensure the students have an outlet for their work. Gomez and Castro make time for art and infuse artistic expression into their sixth-grade social studies classes, while Gardener, the school's art teacher, brings it to ESL classes. Leppard, who at one time taught photography at the Linda Vista campus, works her local connections to ensure the student work gets exhibited.

"Art brings the curriculum alive," said Gomez.

Timothy Field, director of the San Diego Art Institute, says the organization is committed to finding creative ways to infuse art into school curriculum, as well as motivating students through exhibiting their artwork at the Institute. This is the 12th year the student work from Montgomery has been on display.

The Art Institute exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more information about the David Fleet Young Artists Gallery, contact Elizabeth Morton at the Art Institute at (619) 236-0011.

The exhibit at Cricket Wireless headquarters, 5887 Copley Drive, San Diego, is not in an area open to the public.

For more information on this and other programs at Montgomery Middle School, contact Jonathan Ton, Principal, at (858) 496-8330.