On Display in Cape May

On Display in Cape May

Installation volunteers: Left, Terry McGarvey, parish administrator, Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Cape May; Susan Tarrant, principal, Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School, Atlantic City. Right, art teacher Grace Hoffner, Saint Mary’s, East Vineland, and husband Bill Hoffner. Not pictured: Julie Roche, advancement director, Cape Trinity Catholic School and Wildwood Catholic High School.

Selected art by students in South Jersey Catholic Schools is on display at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Cape May. Showcasing a variety of media, the exhibit includes playful three-dimensional pieces, religious art, self-portraits, intricate scratchboard designs, and works inspired by artists such as Georgia O’Keefe and Grandma Moses. Featured art was created by diocesan elementary and high school students during the 2017-18 school year.

Our Lady Star of the Sea embraced the idea of hosting the exhibit. “We are very enthusiastic about promoting all things related to Catholic school education. Art is just one good example,” said parish administrator Terry McGarvey.

Saint Mary’s (Vineland) art teacher Grace Hoffner and her husband Bill traveled to Cape May to help display the pieces.

“As an artist and art teacher, I think it is so important for our parents and students to recognize and appreciate how valuable art is in our schools,” she said. “Through art we are able to incorporate other sciences, such as math and engineering. Art helps us develop an awareness of the world in which we live and all that God has given us.”

The exhibit begins at the Washington Street Mall entrance with “Blessed are the Children,” by Daniela Turchi. Additional works are on the lower level and will remain until Aug. 16.

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