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Catholic school resplendent in imaginative art in a celebration of its pupils' creativity

North Tonawanda Catholic School's primary grades were aflutter Wednesday night as little earthlings dashed about displaying their artworks and creating even more at the school's annual art festival.

The walls of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the elementary school building, were covered with the artworks of pupils in prekindergarten through third grade. They reflected everything from the four seasons and every holiday imaginable -- snowmen to shamrocks -- to even creepy things such as very black spiders, and large eggs that looked like they were about to hatch and unleash creatures that would do you in, alien style.

Art teacher Louise Weaver said the festival was "a celebration of the students' creations. They worked so hard all year, we just want to give them a chance to showcase their work for their parents and the public."

Two little ones who worked on quite a large spring mural that was full of flowers, birds and butterflies were there.

Second-grader Luke Wojtaszek, 7, said, "I painted the maple tree," as he pointed to the far right end of the mural.

One of his partners in art, Madison R. Ryndak, 8, also a second-grader, said, "I painted the beehive, the bluebird and the butterfly." She said she believed that there were quite a few bluebirds hanging out in North Tonawanda.

In a different location, Daniel J. Smolka, 8, was creating a panda mask out of a paper plate. "I know all about pandas," Dan said.

In the meantime, Louisa Mancuso, 8, was helping some little ones create some pretty strange insects out of pencils, clay and pipe cleaners. Louisa called them "pencil creatures." But one little guy insisted, "They're bugs!"

Fifth-grader Sara Bingham was a big hit as she did hand and face painting. "I did a lot of Buffalo Sabres logos across people's faces," she said.

"That was very popular tonight. The most outrageous thing I was asked to do was draw a plasma monster on a little boy. It looked like a big blue and purple glob."


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