Artists Show Their Colors During Summer Exhibits

Artists Show Their Colors During Summer Exhibits photo

Students have beat the heat this summer with creative, fun and educational programs offered through HACEF’s (Harborfields Alumni and Community Educational Foundation) Summer Camp program.

The program, which offers a variety of different four-day camp options, recently held two special art exhibits for those in the art camps to showcase their final work for friends and family. The HACEF Camp program has experienced unprecedented growth in the last few years — with a total of nearly 690 students registered this summer, a number that surpassed last year’s record-breaking 570.

The first exhibit on July 13, featured the creations of campers who took part in the Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Exploring 2-D & 3-D Art, Creative Photography, and Painting “Al Fresco” camp sessions. A field trip to Northport Village, was the inspiration behind the photographs and watercolors of the campers in Creative Photography and Painting “Al Fresco.” Campers in the Drawing, Painting and Sculpture camp also showed off their artistic abilities with their colorful self-portraits. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni attended the first exhibit where he spoke with the campers and learned about the pieces they created. 

“Dr. Ianni was so great with the kids, engaging them in conversation about their projects and being very impressed,” said Karin Fey, who—along with Emma Hendler—are the HACEF Summer Camp directors. “None of this would be possible without the support from administration and the hard work of our amazing teachers, who astound us weekly with their ingenuity and creativity.”

The second exhibit on July 20, displayed the work of campers involved in Fashion Design and another session of Exploring 2-D & 3-D Art, and Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Fifth- through eighth-graders in Fashion Design, learned how to sketch their own line of clothing and had the option of creating a fall or spring collection under the guidance of instructor Roe Elder. In addition, third- through fifth-grade students who participated in Exploring 2-D & 3-D Art produced their own landscape paintings, T-shirts and glass light catchers. 

Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning stopped by the second exhibit where he was greeted by kindergarten through second-grade campers in the Drawing, Painting and Sculpture’s camp. On display were wacky animal sculptures, paintings of a city setting and painted ceramic tiles of the sun and moon.