ROWLEY — The students and staff of the Pine Grove School are honoring veterans in a special way this month.
The school community will exhibit artwork created by men and women who have served in the armed forces in the Pine Grove’s Pat Marshall Link Gallery. An opening reception will be held at the school at 191 Main St. on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
The show, “The HeARTs of our Heroes” will be on display through Nov. 29. It is an exhibit of fine arts in a wide variety of styles on a variety of surfaces — one painting is even done on a palm frond.
The collection include paintings, photographs and 3-D art, as well as abstract pieces.
The artists featured in the exhibit are: KD Boyd, Seamus Gersy, Steven Kowalczyk, Olivia Kuntz, Nadene Landry, Walter Millington, Mark Nystedt, Bud Smith, Bob Stegmair and Stanislaw Slanda.
This special exhibit was due to a year’s worth of work by Pine Grove staff Aleta Budd, Pam Damato and Kathy May-McDonnell, who acted on a request that the gallery showcase the talents of veterans in a future exhibit.
The trio went to work to figure out how to do this — and to make it happen in time for Veterans Day. With the help of two women, Nadene Landry, a creative arts therapist who works with veterans, and Whitney Willman, who works for a nonprofit organization that supports the wellness of combat veterans, the exhibit was born.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Pine Grove principal Christine Kneeland has chosen the theme of “honor” for this month’s character education. School-wide assemblies, called community gatherings, are held monthly to educate students on the character theme for that particular month, and to illustrate to students how they can bring more of the character trait into their lives and schoolwork.
On the topic of honor, Kneeland will speak to high respect, dignity, integrity and glory.
The artists have been invited to attend this community gathering at the school at 2 p.m. on Friday, as have local veterans.
“These artists have poured their emotions and feelings into their creative works of art,” Kneeland said. “We are especially proud to have this display in the Pat Marshall Link Art Gallery. It is absolutely beautiful and every piece displayed shows an expression of glory — you can really feel the artist’s deep emotions of all kinds.”
All are welcome to attend the opening, which is free, or visit the exhibit any time during school hours or schedule a time to visit after hours, when possible, by calling the main office at the school at 978-948-2520.