ELCS Art Club aims to bring culture to community

— Early on Saturday morning, April 13, students from Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School made their way to the local Emergency Squad.

It was not for a benefit car wash or a blood drive but to help create a new logo for the organization.

Members of the ELCS Art Club, which has 32 members in total, spent the day not only working on and painting their design on the wall of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad building, but also starting to design bookmarks to help a group that is looking to bring a library to the town of Lewis.

“We strive to provide visual art services to the community,” art club advisor Terry Crowningshield said. “For the students, the hours that they put in are rewarded with a cultural experience at the end of the year, which this year will include a trip to Montreal.”

Crowningshield said the club allows students to see how art can be used to help a community.

“They learn how to contribute culturally to their local environment and their community,” she said. “They get to ask how the visual arts impact the community and then work to bring a positive face to where they live.”

The club also visits the Horace Nye Nursing Home three times each year to paint murals along the walkway windows between the home and Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

“We get to help the community,” senior club member Brittany Tomkins said. “The people really enjoy the paintings that we do at the Horace Nye Nursing Home and it gives them something new to look at each season. It was a club that I thought would be fun, and it has been.”

Senior Hunter Farrell, like Tomkins, has been a member of the art club since seventh grade.

“It is a lot of fun,” he said. “I enjoy art, and I like to have fun with it. I have enjoyed working with the Emergency Squad and creating this new logo.”

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