Brief: Art honor society creates women's history portraits

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WESTBROOK – The high school’s National Arts Honors Society has been working for the last few weeks to make women’s history come alive on the walls of the school.

The group’s exhibit, “Strong Women in History,” includes portraits students made of famous women such as Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Fridha Kahlo, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai. Perhaps the group’s largest undertaking was a floor to ceiling portrait of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a women’s suffrage and environmental advocate who worked to prevent the Everglades from being filled in for development. A photo of the mural will be sent to the Parkland, Florida high school that bear’s Stoneman Douglas’ name.

The National Arts Honor Society’s effort can be seen in conjunction with Westbrook Schools Visual Arts Department’s annual Spring Art Show, which showcases art made by students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

“Strong Women in History” and the works of many other students can be seen during Westbrook High School’s art show taking place between May 1 and May 4. The opening of the show and the National Arts Honors Society induction ceremony is set to take place May 1, beginning at 6:15 p.m. For the art show, bowls and mugs created and painted by National Arts Honor Society members will be raffled off.

The elementary art shows are scheduled to take place in April, with pieces by Saccarappa and Canal students on display from April 2 to April 12 and Congin students between April 5 to April 12. 

Westbrook Middle School will conclude the system-wide art appreciation event with its show, which opens at 6 p.m. May 14 and runs through May 16.

Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana of Wales and Harriet Tubman are three of the women featured in the high school’s National Arts Honors Society exhibit on strong women in history. The exhibit will be part of May’s high school arts show. (Courtesy photo)

National Arts Honors Society has decorated the walls of the high school with portraits of strong women in history, including Frida Kahlo, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai and Eleanor Roosevelt. The exhibit, which features a wall to ceiling rendering of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, will be part of May’s high school arts show. (Courtesy photo)