Middle School Art Teacher Exhibits Art in New York
Middle School Art Teacher Melody Weintraub recently returned from New York City where her artwork, “The Dream,” was auctioned at artist Faith Ringgold’s “Anyone Can Fly Foundation” Benefit. The event was held at The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling in Harlem, where a special exhibit of art by Mrs. Ringgold was on display. That exhibit included selected paintings from many of Mrs. Ringgold’s widely-acclaimed children’s books, including, “Tar Beach.” Also on display were some of Mrs. Ringgold’s larger paintings and sculptures.
“It was such an honor for me to take part in this benefit,” says Mrs. Weintraub. I have known Faith for several years and she continues to amaze and inspire me. Her foundation is also very near and dear to my heart as she endeavors to broaden the canon of art to include more art of African Diaspora and bring this knowledge to inspire and motivate school children. The painting that I donated was themed around Faith and her work. It pictures Faith flying and spreading love to the children as they also fly over a representation of the United States.” Before leaving the event, Mrs. Weintraub took a photo with Mrs. Ringgold and the person who purchased the painting. Mrs. Weintraub also brought along one of the guitar ornaments that Briarcrest 7thGrade art students had glazed to give to Faith. “She loved that the students had glazed it,” said Mrs. Weintraub.
Earlier in the day, Mrs. Weintraub toured the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). “I went to MoMA to ‘visit’ several works of art that my students have discovered this year including, Vincent Van Gogh’s, “The Starry Night,” and Salvador Dali’s, “The Persistence of Memory. I stopped to take my photo with these paintings and more, so that students can know I saw the actual works of art they had been learning about. I also learned more about these works that I am now able to share with them.”