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Ken West Fine Art Show Celebrates the Town of Tonawanda’s 175th Anniversary
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Ken West Fine Art Show Celebrates the Town of Tonawanda’s 175th Anniversary

Art students from across the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District celebrated the Town of Tonawanda’s yearlong 175th Anniversary by creating original works that were inspired by the surrounding community, both past and present.  The artwork was on display in the Kenmore West High School Library during the school’s “Fine Arts Show.” 

“It was a wonderful evening filled with pride, accomplishment, and inspiration.  We had a tremendous turn out this year from our students and their parents to many grandparents, aunts, uncles, and neighbors as well. It was really terrific to see the excitement of a full house.  Partnering with our local historians in celebrating the Town of Tonawanda's 175th Anniversary was a special touch that our school community really appreciated,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Art Curriculum Learning Specialist (CLS) Amy Veltri.

Town of Tonawanda Historian John Percy and Kenmore Village Historian Ed Adamczyk selected twelve "Historians Choice" awards for the upcoming “Student Art Exhibit” at the Historical Society on June 5th, 2011, from 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM.

“I’m impressed.  The technical aspects are very advanced.  I like the idea that high school students are using art to learn about the past of their hometown,” said Adamczyk.

“The artwork is very creative.  I like them. I’m glad students are expressing knowledge of our Town history through art,” said Percy, who noted the historical significance of the property that is now home to Kenmore West High School.  The school site at 33 Highland was once home to the Pirson farm, which was an agricultural based property from the mid-1800’s up until the early 1920’s.

Numerous awards were given to students for their creative artwork commemorating the Town’s 175th Anniversary.  They are: 

Student Art Awards

Best Photograph- Kahle Bostaph

Best Digital- Lauren Palermini

Best Movie- Nolan Whipple

Best Drawing- Robert Rusch

Best Painting- Liz Bauer

Best 3-D- Ronald Schmidt

Historians Choice Awards

Justin Brzyski (two of his photos were selected)

Jessica Trainor

Lauren Hoover

Dylan Cownie

Chelsea Marino

Lilly Kennedy

Ashley Minton

Heather Prior

Robert Rusch

Haley Scherer

Grace Helwig

Principals Choice Award

Sarah Garbin

Celebrations have taken place throughout the year to celebrate the Town of Tonawanda’s 175th Anniversary, and future events will continue to honor the milestone.   The Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Tonawanda Town Youth, Parks and Recreation Department have worked with many local business organizations to celebrate our Town’s heritage.

A 175th Anniversary Gala that was held in April featured a historical perspective from Mr. Percy and a tribute to New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.  Various businesses have sponsored street banners commemorating the 175th Anniversary, and many businesses and organizations will take part in the Town’s Memorial Day Parade this weekend.

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