Students' Works of Art on Display across Jacksonville; More Than 500 Pieces Are Being Exhibited

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Byline: RAQUEL MANNING

Last year it was gone with the wind.

This year it's blown back like a fresh spring breeze.

Too many school hurricane days last year prevented the annual elementary school art showcase from taking place.

But this year's it's back with more than 500 art pieces are on display in 17 public libraries across the city, including the new Main Library. Most of the pieces are two-dimensional drawings or paintings, although some are 3-D works.

According to Duval County District Art Resource Teacher Jack Matthews, the displays recognize the talents of the students, as well as the abilities of the art teachers.

"It gives the community a chance to see what the elementary schools are doing," he said.

The library art show features work from students in kindergarten through the fifth grade, from 105 schools across the city. Each school's art teacher submitted the pieces to be displayed in the libraries.

At Chets Creek Elementary on the Southside, art teacher Jennifer Snead submitted seven 2-D pieces and 22 3-D pieces.

Fourth-grader Tiffany Browning, 10, painted a picture of a man relaxing in a chair. She said she chose to draw this because she likes to show emotions in her art. Because the library exhibit is her first art show, she said she is feeling emotions of her own.

"I have mixed emotions," she said. "I'm happy, excited and nervous."

T.J. Willson, another fourth-grader at Chets Creek, said he feels "proud" to have his drawing of two birds featured in the show.

"It gets to be up so other people can see it," said the 10-year-old. …