Butler artists donates sculptures to local school

May 5, 2013 by  

The end of April brought two new friends to students at Connoquenessing Elementary School, located in Zelienople, PA. Bill Secunda, an artist based in Butler, lent the school two of his sculptures in honor of Earth Day.

Secunda’s artwork was donated by the artist for the school’s open house and art show. The sculptures were joined by artwork created by students.

The show took place on two separate days; April 23 featured works from first and third grade students while April 25 featured art from kindergarten, second, and fourth grade students.

The two sculptures were a surprise for the students. On Earth Day, they arrived at school to be greeted by a life-sized moose and lion. Each sculpture was made from metal nails that Secunda welded together.

The moose and lion fit the theme of the school’s art show perfectly, which this year was ‘Animals and Habitats’. Along with the two sculptures on the school’s lawn, students contributed artwork inspired by animals. The fourth grade showed pictures of butterflies while the third grade displayed owls made of clay. First grade students let their creativity roam free and made paintings of ‘wild things’.

The school might consider using stationery printers to thank the Butler-based artist for loaning his artwork. A large card could be printed and signed by each student or by the teachers at the school.

Secunda is a self-taught artist whose work has been on display at Epcot Center in Florida and at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.

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