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Rye Arts Center's Faculty Art Show Now in Session

RYE, N.Y. – The Rye Arts Center on Milton Road opened its faculty art show Thursday evening with a reception attended by many of its renowned artists. The art show will run through Dec. 17 and will be open during the center's gallery hours.

Ismael Checo, the center's painting and drawing teacher, has a multiple of productions on display. Checo, who was the protégé of internationally renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks, has been at the center for five years and said he doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon.

"I'll stay until they kick me out," Checo said smiling.

Laura Anechiarico, the schools cartooning, illustration, and oil painting teacher, spoke about what the center means to its students.

"In my classes I try to give each student their own individual curriculum," Anechiarico said. "I let the students choose, that way the experience can become personal."

Anechiarico added that the center is a place that "allows children to be creative."

The show displayed a wide variety of artistic styles and mediums, and was indicative of the center's multi-faceted nature. Adam Levy, the art school director, was quick to acknowledge all that the center has to offer.

"Although this is just a display of our art department, we offer classes in music, literary art, animation, and dance as well," Levy said. He estimated that around 350 students enroll in the art school each semester alone.

For more information regarding all the Rye Arts Center has to offer, visit its website at ryeartscenter.org .

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