ILION – Beginning this week, visitors to Moose River Coffee may want to pause and admire a display of student artwork that has been installed near the door.
Students at Central Valley Academy will be supplying a rotating display of artwork spanning all grades and medium at
the coffee shop, thanks to CVA Art Teacher Christina Korba and Moose River Coffee owners Kim Fiato and Yvonne Winter.
“Chris is one of our regulars here and she mentioned some time ago that she had some very talented students and asked if we would be interested in displaying some of their artwork here,” Winter said. “And I said, ‘Absolutely!’ That’s what we’re about here – supporting community.”
Korba has been toying with the idea for a few weeks, she said, but wanted to figure out a set-up that could be both permanent and unobtrusive should there
be a time without art on display. Then she thought of a wire hanging system.
“Her dad came by just yesterday to hang the wire, and then Chris came on her lunch with some artwork to put up,” Winter said. “And she’s right. These kids are very talented.”
The plan is to switch out the art monthly and showcase student artwork from all grade levels. To begin with, six pieces are on display from high school students learning under Korba. Next month, it may be kindergarten students who get to showcase their work. Korba said she and her fellow CVA art teachers will work out a schedule.
But the art displays will not stop there. Moose River Coffee, located on lower Otsego Street, will be open to all area schools as an amateur gallery, said both Korba and Winter. That is something Korba said she will work on by reaching out to other area art teachers.
“When we can display student art work publicly and show the community their hard work and what they can do, I think it helps everyone,” Korba said. “What is important to me is that the public gets to see the value art has on young artists’ lives and how much they need it. Regardless of whose students’ work is on display, we all win if the public values and appreciates the work.”