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Student Clay Art on Display in Port Chester

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - Local area elementary and middle school students will have the chance to see their clay creations on display at Port Chester's Clay Art Center until April 21 as part of the center's community outreach program.

The exhibition is called Rising Stars: A Student Show and features work from the center's after-school and residency programs in Rye, Rye Brook, Port Chester, Scarsdale and Greenwich. The student exhibition opened on Thursday.

CAC Community Arts Director Ariel Plantz said the program is key to the center's community outreach programming.

"It began on site and then we started branching out," Plantz said. "It's an opportunity for kids to experience clay that didn't come through the center."

Program Director Leigh Taylor Mickelson said the exhibition, which featured 99 student pieces, boasted the highest recorded participation.

"As we grow, the show has grown to fill the capacity of the new space," Mickelson said.

Although the majority of the students featured were part of the center's after school program, Plantz and instructor John Torres highlighted its three residencies programs at Corpus Christi in Port Chester, Rye Country Day School and West Elementary School in New Canaan.

"It's the first time we can bring the clay to them during school time," Plantz said. "It's a great opportunity to invoke the local community and the kids love it."

Torres spoke about how the course incorporates clay into the curriculum.

"They were learning about habitats and biomes," Torres said. "So we basically designed projects around the different habitats."

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