B y Jaime Thomas
After a variety of factors led to a month off, local museums are ready to roll again for the upcoming First Friday on Feb. 7.
At the Pember Library and Museum, officials said they are excited to collaborate with Granville High School students for February’s event.
“I’m really excited to have finally been able to connect with teachers and students in the Granville schools and to be able to present some of their projects at a First Friday,” said Bo Young, a trustee. “We have been looking for some way to do this since the very first First Friday, and these students and their teachers are exactly what we had in mind.”
In a variance from the more typical paintings or photographs, this month will feature the VEX Robotics team. This group of students, known as VRC 4305A Six Sigma, qualified once again on Saturday for the VEX World Championship at the Northern New York Championship.
The team, led by teacher Gary Gendron, fared well in the same competition last year in California against 400 teams from throughout the United States and the world.
The students will be at First Friday with their robots and the official obstacle course to demonstrate.
Additionally, Jennifer Dashef’s sixth-grade class has been making art out of more than 20 cabinet doors donated by Curtis Lumber.
“She had them decorate on the theme of tolerance,” Young said at a recent board meeting, during which trustees discussed that the event is more about building community than judging artistic talent.
Dashef said her students made abstract montage faces on the doors, which are “meant to inspire acceptance, tolerance, individuality and creativity.”
“The unique nature of this show is quite exciting. All of the students had the same guidelines but came up with unique end products,” she said, adding that some of the projects were individual and others were done in groups.
“I’m extremely proud of all of my artists. I enjoy working in Granville. This show is so impressive that I’ve invited my parents to come in from out of town for the grand opening,” Dashef said.
Young said the library and museum really wants to invite the community to be part of the event.
He expects both students and teachers to attend the event. And though the music and food has not yet been decided, it will be on hand. Trustees were discussing bringing in local pizza to the event as a student-friendly option.
Nearby at the Slate Valley Museum, Interim Director Sarah Kijowski said the community is invited to stop by for a free evening of re-getting to know the museum.
“For our February First Friday, one of our educators will be on hand to offer insights into life in the Slate Valley, past and present,” she said. “Escape the cold weather and spend your evening exploring the history, industry and geology of the Slate Valley. Wander through the exhibits or join in on a guided tour.” Refreshments will be provided as well.
As always, First Friday takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at both museums.