JACKSON TWP. Four-month-old Ella Lytle is a first-time artist. However, her work, "Winter Tree," a joint effort with several classmates, was a hit at the annual Goddard School Art Auction on Feb. 17.
The talented classmates used just their thumbs to make the leaves of the winter tree.
Children, ages six weeks to six years, displayed their works of art at the school, 7042 Fulton Drive.
The theme for this year's show was "Every Child is an Artist." The little artists displayed works of art, ranging from footprint and handprint art to photos, as well as pottery, painting and more. School owner Karen Marinos said each of the 120 children had a "hand" in a project of some kind child. The projects were done by age levels.
Throughout the evening, family members bid on the art pieces. All the money raised during the silent auction is donated to the Akron Children's Hospital Walk for Babies, which benefits the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit. It is a cause close to Marinos' heart as their daughter was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalous in utero. Marinos praises the care the entire family received at the hospital.
Parents bid against each other at the silent auction to take home their child's work of art. Dad's, especially, kept their eyes on the ones that would look best in their man caves: especially the ones in which their child and classmates spelled out the famed O-H-I-O.
Artists from Jackson and Central Catholic high schools demonstrated art forms during the evening and also spoke about what they like about art.
Central Catholic junior Kaylyn Liossis said she likes the freedom art gives her because there are no rules.
"You can do what you want with it," she said.
Classmate Grace Pickens said what she likes most about art is that it "just makes me happy to do it."
Mary Visco, a student at Jackson High School, likes the cool colors and the "different styles you can try."
Jackson sophomore Jessica Westphal added that she likes the process in working on the project and "seeing the progress."
Jackson freshman Megan Westphal said her favorite things is eeing what you can do "because you don't know until you try."
Providing the violin music for evening was Jackson sophomore Olivia Zachary. Her favorite thing about the arts is "creating something on your own and seeing the results from it."
A school classroom was transformed into an art gallery for the evening's event. Beverages and light hors d'oeuvres were served while those longing to purchase their own piece of child art perused the displays looking for that special piece their child worked on. A slide showing the children working on their projects played in the background.
Ella's dad said the art auction was enjoyable and it was fun to get out and see what the kids had made. The family lives in Canal Fulton.
The school has been located in Jackson seven years. Prior to that, Marinos ran the Goddard School in Fairlawn. In the 11 years she has participated in the art auction, they have raised more than $100,000 for the hospital.
All lead teachers at Goddard School are degreed and lesson plans are created by the faculty of the school which targets what the children enjoy doing. Each parent receives pictures and information as to how their child is doing each day through a free app.