St. John's hosts Georgia O'Keefe project
Member of St John's Episcopal Church in Marlinton and Chapel on the Mount at Snowshoeﾠpaired up again to bring the arts to students of Marlinton Elementary School.
The Pocahontas Episcopal Art Ministry's latest projects, large, three-foot bouquets of Mexican paper flowers and beautiful oil pastel murals, were inspired by the works of Georgia O'Keeffe.
As each group entered St. John's they heard the stories of "Through Georgia's Eyes" byﾠRachel Rodriguez and "Georgia Rises: A Day in the the Life of GeorgiaﾠO'Keeffe" by Kathryn Laski. These books were read to them by Sally Kirk Adkins, inspiringﾠthe children to see the colors of the world around them.ﾠ
Leader Tom Clevenger then presented a brief explanation of the color wheelﾠand an art history lesson on featured artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
The murals were broken down into pieces and with the help of volunteers the students beganﾠto express themselves with a new medium of oil pastels. Clevenger taught a few techniques used by other artists and then the children were turned loose to express themselves as they created beautiful quilted flower murals.
The younger students made massive bouquets of bold colored flowers by layeringﾠvarious colors of tissue paper to create various types of petals.
Combinations of reds, blues, violets, pinks and yellows created large and beautiful flowers that were then added to long green stems and displayed in large pots.
Those assisting with the project were Fr. Jim Lanter, and his wife, Joyce, Laurie Barnes, Gillian McGinn, Denise McNeel, Mary Willis, TerryﾠWhite, Connie Zeitler, and Cynthia Gurreri.
The Pocahontas Episcopal Art Ministry is commited to providing artistic and literary programs for the students at Marlinton Elementery School.
The church plans to continue its artisticﾠand literary efforts with the children and are thankful for the opportunity and support of
the teachers andﾠ Principal Ron Hall.
The church is in the pre-planning stage of multiple art projects for the upcoming school year as well as a summer art project in August.
The students' work was on display at this year's Artapalooza and will be on dispay at theﾠLinwood and McClintic libraries during the summer.