Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

For Children's Art Show Leader, the Work Is Fun

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

For Children's Art Show Leader, the Work Is Fun

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Chris Buckley was taking pre-pharmacy classes at the University of Florida. But she met her husband, Kevin, got married and had children instead of getting her degree. And the Mandarin community has been the beneficiary ever since.

The veteran volunteer is known for her involvement with the PTA, the Teacher Supply Depot at 3108 Lenox Ave. and the Children's Art Show at the Mandarin Art Festival. Buckley, who moved to Mandarin in 1980 when her husband accepted a position with IBM, will again head up the show, which is inside the clubhouse at 12447 Mandarin Road. It features the artwork of students in grades K-8.

The festival, sponsored by the Mandarin Community Club, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24.

Cathy David of Young Rembrandts will present art demonstration lessons. Free parking with shuttle service will be available from the Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 11844 Mandarin Road. A $1 entry fee will be collected at the gate.

How did you get involved with the Children's Art Show?

I've been doing it probably six or seven years. Wanda Bosworth, then children's art show chair, asked if I would help her.

How challenging is it to stage the children's' show?

I start working on it the week after Christmas by sending out invitations. We have 20 different school displays from mainly Mandarin and surrounding areas. Hendricks Day School on Dean Road is the farthest away. It gets pretty intense Easter weekend. Volunteers print certificates for all the kids who participate. This year, there will be about 200.

Is it judged?

It is judged, but fortunately, I don't have to judge it. The winners get ribbons in three grade levels and will get gift certificates for art supples. Marsha Blackford will serve as judge. Best overall awards will be given to individual students as well as school entries.

What appeals to you about being involved?

Most people know I have a soft spot in my heart for anything related to kids, and it's definitely not because of my creative talent. I guess because of that I just like to see children have the opportunity to create. …

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