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Windows on utopia: New exhibit by Northampton students on display at Community Art Windows

  • An art piece by Art Teacher at Jackson St. School Brenda Lilly's 3rd grade students depicts imaginary animals and is shown as part of the "Utopia and Endangered Animals," display Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    An art piece by Art Teacher at Jackson St. School Brenda Lilly's 3rd grade students depicts imaginary animals and is shown as part of the "Utopia and Endangered Animals," display Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.

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  • Lizzie Brodeur of Jackson St. School, 9, looks at the new art exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Lizzie Brodeur of Jackson St. School, 9, looks at the new art exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.

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  • Lila Kirley of Jackson St. School, 9, talks about the art shown at the opening of the new exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Lila Kirley of Jackson St. School, 9, talks about the art shown at the opening of the new exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lila Kirley of Jackson St. School, 9, on left, talks about the art shown at the opening of the new exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Lila Kirley of Jackson St. School, 9, on left, talks about the art shown at the opening of the new exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Parents Liz Horn, left, Phil Mathews and Amy Martyn photograph their children's art at the opening of the new art exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Parents Liz Horn, left, Phil Mathews and Amy Martyn photograph their children's art at the opening of the new art exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • An art piece by Ms. Maggio's class depicts endangered animals that fly, including the Peregrine Falcon, Harpy Eagle and Galapagos penguins, and was shown as part of the "Utopia and Endangered Animals," display Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    An art piece by Ms. Maggio's class depicts endangered animals that fly, including the Peregrine Falcon, Harpy Eagle and Galapagos penguins, and was shown as part of the "Utopia and Endangered Animals," display Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • An art piece by Art Teacher at Jackson St. School Brenda Lilly's 3rd grade students depicts imaginary animals and is shown as part of the "Utopia and Endangered Animals," display Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Lizzie Brodeur of Jackson St. School, 9, looks at the new art exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Lila Kirley of Jackson St. School, 9, talks about the art shown at the opening of the new exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Lila Kirley of Jackson St. School, 9, on left, talks about the art shown at the opening of the new exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Parents Liz Horn, left, Phil Mathews and Amy Martyn photograph their children's art at the opening of the new art exhibit by Community Art Partners, "Utopia and Endangered Animals," displayed Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • An art piece by Ms. Maggio's class depicts endangered animals that fly, including the Peregrine Falcon, Harpy Eagle and Galapagos penguins, and was shown as part of the "Utopia and Endangered Animals," display Friday in the 21 windows behind Staples on Cooke Ave in Northampton.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

“Utopia and Endangered Animals,” an exhibit of paintings by Northampton public school students, went on display last Friday in the Community Art Windows on Cooke Avenue in Northampton. They will be on view throughout the summer.

The 21 windows display original artwork painted by Northampton High School and JFK Middle School students on the theme of utopia, and by students from Leeds and Jackson Street elementary schools on endangered animals. (Students from Ryan Road and Bridge Street elementary schools will be involved in next year’s project.) The exhibit is sponsored by the Community Arts Partners, a program that aims to expand the presence of art in the Pioneer Valley community and schools. The art teachers involved are Lisa Leary (NHS), Michelle Mallory and Herschel Levine (JFK) and Brenda Lilly and Leslie Macutkiewicz (elementary schools).

“Participating in the arts empowers children as creative communicators and problem solvers, able to ‘think outside the box,’ ” says project coordinator, Christie Svane. “Invention, imagination and experimentation all play a part in art, bringing together the capacity to dream something up and the skill needed to make it happen.”

For information about Community Art Partners, call 348-5288 or visit www.communityartspartners.org.

— MARK E. LATOUR

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