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Student Artist’s Piece Included in Exclusive Exhibit

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Locust Valley High School sophomore Noelle Valdinoto’s artwork was displayed in the 2019 Nassau County High School Student Juried Exhibit at The Art Guild in Manhasset.

Noelle’s work was selected in the juried exhibition, which required original submissions to be in 2D or 3D and created by hand. Her submission was selected and included in the exhibit during the month of November.

Her graphite artwork, “It’s About Time,” is the portrait of 93-year-old female artist Betye Saar. Noelle read an article about the artist, which discussed her pieces made from everyday items focusing on global culture, mysticism, history and racism, in which Saar said it is about time she is earning attention for her work. Noelle was inspired by Saar and spent countless hours ensuring she balanced the implied texture of Saar’s hair and face while still creating contrasting and interesting values.

“I believe Noelle has a mature thought process and is incredibly talented,” said Locust Valley High School art teacher Melanie Mooney. “She wanted to give Betye Saar the attention that she deserves.”

Noelle said her piece and its title hint to a deeper meaning in Saar’s long journey as an artist.

Congratulations to Noelle on being chosen for inclusion in this exclusive exhibit.

Cultural Diversity Brings Families Together

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Ann MacArthur Primary School was transformed into an international café, complete with delectable dishes and student performances that brought the multipurpose room alive with family traditions.

The Locust Valley Elementary School Parents’ Council sponsored the annual International Food Festival for families to learn about each other’s cultures. Attendees brought dishes from their own cultures to share with others at the potluck dinner, and they ate on placemats decorated by students to represent a variety of countries. Art teacher Dana Ettinger worked with the students to design the placemats, many of which looked like the maps of the countries they represented.

Guests enjoyed watching students show off their skills in traditional dances from their own heritages. Greek, Irish and Sikh Indian dances not only entertained, but also impressed the crowd.   

Students eagerly lined up to get henna tattoos, known as mehndi in India, which are temporary designs that are created with a paste made from the dried leaves of a henna plant. 

The LVEPC worked to make the event inclusive of all the cultures represented within the Locust Valley elementary schools. Principal Dr. Sophia Gary said the International Food Festival brought the community together. 

“It was a beautiful night celebrating each other and learning about our differences and similarities,” she said.