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Updated: 03/15/2014 08:00:01AM

DOT VPK artwork on display

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The students from the DOT VPK class have their artwork on display at the Bartow Public Library and they will be there throughout March. With their teacher and the school's assistant director Melissa Vasquez is, from left, Emma Pemberton, Kyla Pemberton, George Sapp, Aden Peaster, Tacari Patrick, McKennah Mathis and Alaya Howard.


Lilly Patterson and mom, Jessica Patterson stand before her painting "Elevator" Wednesday in the Bartow Public Library.


Alaya Howard points Sparkle, a painting she made as her mother, Kerria Wilborn holds.


Aden Peaster smiles in front of his painting at the Bartow Public Library Wednesday. The students' artwork will be on display all month.


The whole family came out to see George Sapp's artwork Wednesday on display at the library. His painting is called Longhorn Football Field and he named it that because he saw the college team playing on television. From left is his father, Kevin, and his mother Kayla holds his sister Athens.


Jennifer holds her daughter McKennah who made the painting called Smelling Flowers that is on display at the Bartow Public Library. The paintings from the DOT VPK students will be on display all month.


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On Wednesday 15 students’ artwork at the DOT VPK class was unveiled.

For the rest of this month their work will be on display on the second floor at the Bartow Public Library and for having their work shown in a gallery is really something for them.

“We talked to the kids about it and told them it was going to be a real gallery,” said Melissa Vasquez, their teacher and assistant director at the VPK. “They were so excited about it. I told them they had to have names for them for when they were hung up and they all came up with names.”

This is the first time the VPK is doing an art project and this one is called “Little Artists: Highways of Tomorrow,” said Vansherri Barker at the unveiling.

Each of the students did five pieces of art and the second floor lobby was filled with their work. On hand at the opening were the children’s parents and some friends came too. The parents showed the pride in their students work by making sure their pictures were well in hand and most wanted to pose with their little artists.

Some were also proud to tell the names of their work and some relayed where they came up with them.

George Sapp named his work Longhorn Football Field. When asked how he came up with that name and how he knew of Longhorn, he said it was from TV. Neither of his parents are Texas football fans but he said the painting made him think of that.

Barker said the students have been working on their artwork all year and what is on display is a result of what they have learned.

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