Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cair Paravel Students Display Art at NexLynx

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cair Paravel Students Display Art at NexLynx

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For Cair Paravel Latin School art students, encouragement is not only given to create art, but to have the confidence to show the finished products in a public space.

Through the school’s art program and its Fine Arts Festival, students are given several opportunities starting in the fifth grade to display art pieces and continue perfecting their craft.

In partnership with NexLynx, 123 S.W. 6th Ave., Cair Paravel students will have multiple pieces on display at the downtown gallery throughout March.

The gallery officially opened Friday, March 6, during the First Friday Art Walk.

There are a total of 27 pieces on display created by 17 students.

Cair Paravel seniors Lily Greene, Emma Nasseri and Ellia Morse are three of those who have pieces on display.

All three have been creating some form of art since they were young, and teachers at Cair Paravel have been instrumental in making sure they have continued.

“I actually grew up doing ballet and dancing more than doing visual art, but I had to quit sometime in middle school,” Nasseri said. “So I had all this free time on my hands and it was around then that I had a couple art teachers, including Mr. (Mike) Henry, who started being really encouraging about my art and giving feedback.”

The feedback Nasseri received allowed her to feel as if she “was good at something again,” she said.

Morse and Greene share similar stories of growing up with a love for drawing — spending weekends at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library picking out books that they could sketch.

Morse, Nasseri and Greene all will have three to four pieces displayed for this show in varying styles and stories associated with them.

One of Nasseri’s pieces in the show, titled “And She Saw That it Was Good,” tells a story that is personal to her.

“I grew up as a dancer but because of health reasons I wasn’t able to really do it anymore to the extent that I wanted,” Nasseri said. “When people go through things like that, they tend to harbor things like bitterness. …

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