Artwork produced by sixth, seventh and eighth graders from David A. Boody Jr. High School graced the walls of Coney Island Hospital at a special showing organized by the Brooklyn Streetcar Artists Group on April 29.
The group, which maintains an active gallery at the hospital, has had a tradition of featuring the work of local students in between its own exhibitions.
“I’m always impressed by the kids’ work,” says Arthur Melnick, executive director of BSAG. “Working with the kids is always beneficial.”
Lisa Banker, an art teacher at the Gravesend school who partnered with BSAG to organize the show, personally hauled all 19 pieces from the school to the hospital in the back of her own car. “She’s very dedicated and works very well with her students,” Melnick said.
The artworks, which mostly consisted of paintings or drawings, were framed and hung in the gallery for friends and family members to see in a two-hour showing.
“It’s really great, especially for the kids to see their own work,” Banker said. “Every piece is special to me.”
Student art shows, Banker says, gives the children a unique connection to their communities.
“Something that’s nice for the kids is nice for the community,” she says. “Whatever they do is great.”