School News: Dino Dig, Color to Emotion at Ross, Locals Receive Honors

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Dino Dig at Sag Harbor Elementary School

Sag Harbor Elementary School kindergartners continued their study of dinosaurs on May 24 by digging for dinosaur fossils at Havens Beach. The students, who have been engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary, dinosaur-related activities over the past several weeks, dug up “dinosaur skeletons” using brushes and special excavation tools. The students also created a plaster fossil using shells and other beach treasures that they collected and built three-feet high volcanoes that were erupted with a magic solution. Pictured (left to right) with their plaster fossils are kindergartners Austin Stuckart, Travis Galen, Angela Lombardi and Kali Aldred.

Giving Color To Emotion at Ross School

Ross School’s seventh grade students will present “Giving Color To Emotion: A Show of Abstraction,” featuring East End artists Eric Dever, Phyllis Hammond, Tracy Harris, and Maria Schön. The show will open with a reception on June 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ross Gallery, and will remain on view through June 23.

Curating an exhibition is a seventh grade tradition at Ross School. As in past years, the students meet and interview professional local artists, take photos, write biographies, select work, install the show, and host the opening. Supporting the students this year are visual art teacher Jon Mulhern, Dean of Visual Arts Jennifer Cross, and cultural history teacher Carol Crane.

All of the artists participating in the exhibition work in abstraction, taking inspiration from various sources including natural forms, architecture plans, and scientific drawings. A native of Venezuela, Ms. Schön, a Sagaponack artist, creates vivid paintings that evoke waves, trees, and beaches. Ms. Hammond, a Springs resident, is currently working on a new series for United Nations Plaza, and creates colorful, large-scale metal sculptures. In his latest work, Mr. Dever often begins by painting flowers, then abstracts them by applying veils of color, achieving a transcendent quality. Ms. Harris combines drawing with painting in her works, inscribing lines into her heavily-layered, encaustic surfaces.

In addition to the work by the four professional artists in the show, artwork the students created inspired by the artists’ works will also be on view.

McMahon Named to Dean’s List at Stony Brook

Meagan McMahon, a Sag Harbor resident, has been named to the Dean’s List at Stony Brook University for the spring semester. Ms. McMahon is in her sophomore year at the Long Island university.

Leo Graduates from Champlain College

Hanah Leo, of Sag Harbor, has graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, will a Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Science and Innovation. Graduation ceremonies were held on May 13 in Edmunds Field in Burlington. A Total of 516 undergraduates earned associate and bachelor’s degrees during the ceremony.

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