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Marywood Girls College recently held its arts exhibition, expressing the artistic prowess of its students to the admiration of parents and art lovers.
The school’s Administrator, Reverend Sister Gertrude Elelegun, made it clear that art is beautiful and a way for the students to show-case their talents.
“There are many of them, who are gifted, and art is the best way to promote culture, bring beauty to life and existence. So, today is a great day to them and their parents; God created the world in an artistic way, and so, even the human being on earth is very artistic in look and anatomy,” she said.
She added that art is not only about studying Visual Art in higher institution, but it’s a natural thing that comes on man, and which everyone must acknowledge.
“I appreciate art and anyone that wants to study it, because Art gives money to those that gives full concentration to it and also a means to skip the stress of unemployment in the country.”
The Chairman of Society of Nigerian Artists, Mr. Dotun Alabi, in his opening speech advised parents to encourage their child that have interest in visual art, adding that government should do something to make people appreciate art.
Amarachukwu Okafor showcasing her artwork
“Government can promote the arts through the construction of more galleries, providing special grants to artists, and making art a subject compulsory for both primary and secondary school students,” he said.
Olabanji Boluwatife explaining her artwork
Furthermore, the visual artist and fine art teacher behind the reality of the First Marywood Girls College Art Exhibition, “Mr. Ajibose Kayode, described the students as talented creatures with beautiful world in it.
“Their parents are the ones who can bring out this beautiful world in them, by giving them support in any way they need it, and eventually, they will become great in life”.
In addition, Okafor Amarachukwu, SSS 2 student who sculptured a sporting foot ware, stated that the art as the proudest work of her invention.
“This is the biggest project I will ever do, I went through a lot to achieve this, despite the fact that I had several injuries in the process, I made it through, and I am glad a lot of people like it”.