Online Only: Students Shine At SAI Finale

Staff Writer

A summer’s worth of painting, sculpting, dancing and singing came to a close last Thursday.

The Summer Arts Institute, an intensive, tuition-free cultural program run by the Dept. of Education, held its finale exhibition at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria.

leisureOn display during the visual arts portion of the exhibition were water colors, ink drawings, oil paintings, plaster masks and a hanging sculpture.

“I feel really great, because I feel like I accomplished a lot, and also it was a lot of a fun,” student and Middle Village resident Zovinar Khrimian said.

“I don’t get that much art during the school year because I don’t go to an arts school, but it’s really fun to be able to do what I really like in the summertime,” Khrimian added. She said she will be entering her sophomore year at Stuyvesant high school in the fall.

Astoria resident Isabel Levit, who does attend an arts high school – Laguardia High School – said the Summer Arts Institute was valuable for her in other ways.

“Since I go to an arts school it’s always really technical art – but [here] we can kind of take our time a little bit more to focus on one thing.”

On having finished the program, Levit said, “I feel like we’re all a family at this point in time.”

“We feel like all artists together, we accomplished something big,” Levit added.

Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, or @JNStrawbridge.