Last night, Cider Mill School was host to Wilton’s avant garde art scene–at least that’s what it felt like as the school welcomed students’ families to mingle, browse and enjoy an art show that showed off the artistic creations of all the students.

With art covering almost every wall of the school’s main hallway–on both the first and second floors–the show had an ambiance of a gallery opening, as a handful of students circulated through the crowds, holding silver trays and offering crackers, cheese and grapes to the people admiring all the art. Upstairs, 5th grader Arjun Patel played the piano beautifully, as families sought out their students’ creations.

The idea was generated by Michele Montenegro, an art teacher new to the school this year. It was something she had created at her previous school, and her two fellow art teachers, Caroline Duggan and Michael Galullo, embraced the idea. They spent a few weeks prepping at least two works of art from each student, readying them for display and mounting them on the walls (with the help of several volunteer parents).

The PTA supplied the refreshments and helped make the show a hit, but of course the stars of the show were the students who got to shine as their work was celebrated.

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