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Art for all ages

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Monday morning seniors from the Fayette Senior Center took a tour around the Whitewater Valley Arts Association with student council members from Connersville Middle School. The students escorted the seniors around the gallery, talking about what paintings were their favorite and what they thought made a painting good.
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The students and seniors walked around the gallery, talking about what paintings were their favorite and what they thought made a painting good.
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Monday morning seniors from the Fayette Senior Center took a tour around the Whitewater Valley Arts Association with student council members from Connersville Middle School.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Fayette Senior Center members and student council members from Connersville Middle School met and talked during a tour of the Whitewater Valley Arts Association’s regional art competition.

The senior center had planned a tour of the art gallery. CMS student council members volunteered to escort them around the gallery.

“It’s for their service learning project,” Pam Bowling, CMS resource teacher, said. “But they were all very excited to come and be here.”

The students split up into groups of two and picked a senior to escort.

“I really like helping other people,” Sarah Hollingsworth, a CMS student, said. 

“They’re very sweet,” Haylee Smith, Hollingsworth’s student partner, said. “They really seem to get along with us and like the younger people too.” 

The students and seniors walked around the gallery. 

“These are all really good,” Rosa Hickman, a senior center member, said. “Some of them are scary though, their eyes seem real.” 

Members of the senior center and the students discussed what they thought makes a painting good.

“That painting of the cow over there, it looks too real. Like you could reach out and pet it,” Becky Bowling, a Senior Center volunteer, said. “I think that’s so cool.”

“I like the realistic paintings. But that painting of Godzilla stepping on the deer, that’s crazy,” Smith laughed.

“It’s just really fun to socialize with them (CMS students) and what art they like,” Hickman said. “They at least understand us. I just really like kids.”

The event was a way for both the seniors and students to interact with each other and learn things from one another, Pam Bowling said.

“It was fun helping them look at art and making sure they liked it,” Hollingsworth said.