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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/02/2008 01:51 PM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 06/02/2008 05:10 PM
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"95 Masks", A look into A Child's Imagination....We Have Photos of All "95 Masks!"

Murphys, CA....."95 Masks", an annual project of Teacher Mary Devany's art class at Avery Middle School. This class project is a wonderful way for the students to express themselves and possibly show others a glimpse of their inner identities. The Recpeption and showing of the masks started in Friday evening at the Art Gallery in Murphys and went through Sunday. Each year, the 6th graders from Avery Middle School get to work with Sharon Strong, owner of the Art Gallery in Murphys, making these beautiful masks expressing themselves and also writing a poem to go with each. They are then displayed at Murphys Art Gallery for three days for the community to enjoy. We stopped by on Friday for the Reception then again over the weekend to get a better look at each mask and what talent these kids have....

Making masks is fun. The first thing you need is your imagination. Add eyes, feathers, shells, colorful beads, soft yarn, or anything that is special to you. Then like magic, your mask appears before your eyes! "Sometimes masks start with thoughts like wondering if elves are real or what if stars have faces like the man in the moon?" States Sharon Strong.

Sharon says she loves the magic of mask making because you never know what face is going to appear when the shaping of the clay begins. Will it be happy or sad, serious or playful, a person, a mythical animal, or something else entirely? Because masks are made from imagination, anything is possible. They come out the way they are supposed to be, so there's no way of making a mistake."

Sharon is a physchologist and has spent many years reading peoples expressions and noticing subleties that play across their faces. She says people usually think of masks as concealing. In each class that she teaches, she has had people reveal what's beneath their mask.

We have a photo of all 95 masks along with the child's poem of each for your viewng enjoyment.......

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