• Visual arts education in Smiths Station Elementary Schools

    Visual arts education in Smiths Station Elementary Schools

    Never is a strong word. A word that compels one to break boundaries, expand borders and reach farther than, as “never” implies, has ever been done before. I had only made efforts to do what I believed in, without ever knowing how far the path might take me. I hadn’t realized that there would be

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  • Sarah West: Art Education in Smiths Station Schools

    Sarah West: Art Education in Smiths Station Schools

    I’m sitting in a board room discussing the needs of students at elementary schools in our local community. The host of our meeting turns to me to say, “by the way, this endeavor is historic, as nothing like this has ever been made available for our students in this particular area.” I take a deep

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  • Sarah West: Celebrating Cultural Arts in Smiths Station

    Sarah West: Celebrating Cultural Arts in Smiths Station

    On Sept. 16, Smiths Station City Hall bustled with excitement. Prior to the Opening Reception, crowds gathered awaiting the time for guests to be welcomed in for their first viewing of the newly installed Student Art Exhibition.  Each year the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, A Center for Cultural Arts assembles an invitational exhibition

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  • Sarah West: The Looking Glass

    Sarah West: The Looking Glass

    I wondered how I would feel walking that path along the Brandywine again. As I set out for Delaware and Chester counties just over the Pennsylvania line, I questioned, “Could I preserve and perhaps continue to build upon the profound effect of my past trips to the region.” With slight reluctance, I couldn’t deny the

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  • Sarah West: Formations

    The first Saturday of September the air felt less dense than recent humidity. A weather warning flashed across my phone predicting a tropical storm approaching the Gulf of Mexico. Perhaps this was cause for the lite September breeze. The week before, I baked my first apple pie of the season, and since then, I’ve contemplated

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  • Sarah West: Autumn quest of ambition

    Editor’s Note: this column originally appeared in the Sept. 1, 2016 edition of The Citizen. The quest of further ambition finds me this time of year. Caught amid the currents of lingering summer light, and the resurgence of academia, I’m flung into intense contemplations. I consider the direction of my work and that of my

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