UNION, NJ – Three budding artists from Kawameeh Middle School recently had their artwork selected for and exhibited at the Winter Exhibit at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

The artwork of seventh-grade student Vihana Bakshi and eighth-graders Karina DaSilva and Arielle Veluz is on display in the Victoria Lobby at NJPAC.

Members of the Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ) in Union County can submit up to three pieces of artwork per school for consideration for the NJPAC exhibit, said Kawameeh Middle School art teacher Jill Rible.  There is usually four exhibits per year.  “This year, the Winter Exhibit was virtual and the awards took place via Zoom,” said Rible.  “I make my three submission selections based on what stands out to me among the hundreds of projects that are completed in my art classes.”  This year, said Rible, all three of the pieces she selected were chosen for the virtual exhibit.

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"My most favorite part about art is how many different stories/feelings one piece of art can tell,” said Vihana Bakshi.  “I love how diverse art is and how there are no rules or limits. I use art to express myself and my uniqueness." 

Karina DaSilva’s favorite thing in art is drawing. Her quote, "Thank you for appreciating my art,” she said.

“When it came to drawing the portrait,” said Arielle Veluz of her piece, “I tried thinking of things I liked to do (like listening to music, paint, play guitar, etc.), but all that came to mind were people so I decided to just add them in since they’re a big part of my life.”