Local youth artists honored in 'Celebration of Life'

GLENS FALLS - Regional middle and high school student are bringing life and color to the streets of Glens Falls as their artistic reactions to the Holocaust are displayed at the World Awareness Children's Museum's lobby gallery at Aimie's Dinner and a Movie at 190 Glen St.

The exhibition will run throughout the month of October until 11 p.m. each day.

"The exhibition 'Celebration of Life' celebrates the message of love and the strength of the human spirit triumphing over the horror of the Holocaust," said Russell Serrianne, curator of collections at The World Awareness Children's Museum.

Whitney McGinn, Samantha Mitchell and Deidra Palmatier, graduates of Minerva Central School are a few of the features artists in the exhibition.

From 2007-2008, students from 18 school districts in Northeastern New York participated in an educational program with Rena Bernstein, a childhood survivor of the Holocaust. Bernstein shared her personal experience and asked students to read her mother Jafa Wallach's book: Bitter Freedom: Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor. Students transferred what they learned into artistic expressions; creating paintings, drawings, ceramics and poetry.

This original Holocaust educational project, "A Celebration of Life," was created and coordinated by Sunny Buchman, and was sponsored by the Glens Falls Hadassah and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.

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