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GILBOA-CONESVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL CELEBRATES PUBLICATION OF "THE EYES OF THE STORM: HURRICANE IRENE IN IMAGES AND WORDS" ANTHOLOGY by GCCS Students Tuesday, 6:30 pm


06/15/2012 - At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, Gilboa-Conesville Central School, located at 132 Wyckoff Road, Gilboa, will celebrate the publication of "The Eyes of the Storm: Hurricane Irene in Images and Words" by Gilboa-Conesville Central School Students. The celebration, to which area community members are invited, will take place in the school's gymnasium, where the artworks created by the students to commemorate the triumph of hope over disaster will be on display.

The 97 students whose art and writing is featured in the 216-page, all-color book, as well as adult photographers whose flood photographs are included, will be presented with complementary copies; and additional copies will be available for sale. The evening's festivities will be introduced by Superintendent Ruth Hutt Reeves, followed by comments by art teacher and curator of the project Susan Kliza and Bertha Rogers, teaching artist and editor of the book. Selected students will then read from their poetry, after which refreshments will be served.

"The Eyes of the Storm" began as a visual response to the the terrible devestation left by Hurricane Irene in the hamlets and villages near Gilboa;

many of the students were directly affected, seeing their world disappear before their eyes. The school's decision to discuss the natural tragedy led to an art project led by Ms. Kliza; her students in grades 5 to 12 created two- and three-dimensional works of art about Irene, then wrote statements about the storm and resulting damage.

The MURAL Gallery in Stamford hosted the first public showing of the art, followed by exhibits at Catskill Elementary School, Schoharie Watershed Summit; and the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery in Hunter.

Ms. Kliza then invited Bertha Rogers, a master teaching artist and poet living near Treadwell, to the school, through the DCMO BOCES Arts in

Education Program, to conduct poetry workshops for Kliza's students as well as other classes at GCCS. Rogers worked with the young artists and writers in a week-long program, after which she, Ms. Kliza, Superintendent Ruth Hutt Reeve, and Principal Kathryn Allen planned a book project that would encompass the students' efforts. The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation and Rebuild Gilboa funded "The Eyes of the Storm: Hurricane Irene in Images and Words".

For more information contact Skliza316@gmail.com or bkrogers@delhitel.net; or call the school at 607-588-7541.

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