International art show features Fairfield students

Drawings by two students at The Unquowa School in Fairfield are among those featured in a special gallery show featuring 141 works by children from 22 countries, now open at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.

Rachel Albenze and Mary Crooks, both 12, have entries in the 18th International Children’s Art Exhibit, presented by Creative Connections in Norwalk now through Labor Day. The free exhibit is displayed in The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX Theater lobby.

Theme of the 2014 show is “Food for Thought.” The drawings and paintings were created by children (ages 8 to 18) who were asked — through Creative Connections’ ArtLink program — to illustrate a value or belief that is important in their culture. In their piece, they also were challenged to show a food being cultivated, prepared, used or eaten.

Pieces are included from 22 countries around the globe, including China, Poland, Uganda, Gambia, Guatemala, Latvia, Cyprus, Turkey, Senegal, Nepal, Mexico and Ireland.

Children from Connecticut, including dozens from 16 schools in Fairfield County, are equally represented. Rachel Albenze’s entry, “Snowman,” shows a girl having fun out in the snow. (Her food item: the snowman’s carrot.) Mary Crooks’ “Christmas” emphasizes the joy of family and holiday traditions. (Her food item: a turkey, fresh out of the oven and waiting to be carved.)

Generally, moments or topics chosen as meaningful by other Connecticut students include Thanksgiving and other cultural celebrations and activities that bring together family and friends for meals; but not all do. Daniel Brennan of Cloonan Middle School in Stamford skewed more toward social commentary; his “i-Dinner” notes Americans’ ability to find the nearest restaurant or order food at the push of a few buttons on their smart phones. And Victoria Silva-Meza of Side-by-Side School in Norwalk reminds us that we sometimes seek out food for comfort. Her “My Kitten Leo” shows a family trip to an ice cream parlor after the death of their cat.

Previously during the school year, the artwork of the American students was exchanged with the pieces by the students from overseas, allowing insights into their partners’ cultures.

Exhibit sponsors are Fairfield County Bank and Peralta Design, with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development as well as the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Creative Connections is a non-profit international cultural exchange organization that educates young people by encouraging their awareness, understanding and appreciation of other cultures as well as of their own. To learn more, visit creativeconnections.org.

For more details about other exhibits, IMAX movies and programs at The Maritime Aquarium, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.

“Snowman” by Rachel Albenze, 12, of The Unquowa School in Fairfield is one of 141 works displayed in the 18th International Children’s Art Show, themed “Food for Thought,” open now through Sept. 1 in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s IMAX Theater lobby.

“Snowman” by Rachel Albenze, 12, of The Unquowa School in Fairfield is one of 141 works displayed in the 18th International Children’s Art Show, themed “Food for Thought,” open now through Sept. 1 in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s IMAX Theater lobby.

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“Christmas” by Mary Crooks, 12, of The Unquowa School in Fairfield.

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