Belle-Shivers Middle School students in Valerie Brahan’s artistically gifted program hold some of their works ahead of this week’s art show in the school’s cafeteria.

ABERDEEN – Upon retiring from Aberdeen High School in 2017, art teacher Valerie Brahan signaled that year’s annual art show would be her last. For the past two school years, however, she has taught art exclusively at Belle-Shivers Middle School, allowing a younger age group to exhibit their talents each spring.

Students in this year’s artistically gifted program will have the same opportunity as the school will host an art show May 9 from 3:15 until 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. Brahan signals again this will be last show.

“It’s bittersweet. I’m going to miss having it every year but I think I need time to spend with my family and do things I’ve wanted to do. I’m not saying art is totally out of the picture,” she said.

Her students’ first art show was in 1985, and it became an annual tradition.

This year’s group of students will display works depicting still life, watercolor, shape designs, acrylics and stained glass. Subjects of the work include landscapes, beach scenes, animals and found objects.

Additionally, state-winning art pieces from the Junior Beta Club’s 3D, apparel design and 2D dimensional categories will be on display at the art show.

The Aberdeen Garden Club will sponsor a reception in conjunction with the show.

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