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Lemont Center for Arts honors Mount Assisi artists with farewell show

LEMONT – Mount Assisi Academy students are getting their first chance to be showcased at the Lemont Center for the Arts in what is billed as the school’s Farewell Art Exhibit.

The ongoing exhibit features about 50 students from all grade levels displaying artwork in a variety of media, such as sculpture, drawings and paintings.

Mount Assisi art teacher Michelle Pomierski said the exhibit was scheduled last year, before the all-girls Catholic high school announced its closing this January.

“This was the first time we were invited to do it,” she said. “In the past we would just do exhibits within the school.”

Pomierski said the Lemont center exhibit has been a new experience for the students.

“It’s a professional showing,” she said. “They’re not used to that.”

The center has strong ties with Mount Assisi.

Carla Cardona-Tapia, the center’s school liaison and an art teacher, is a recent alumna. Artistic director Mona Parry is an alumna, as well as both of her daughters.

“It’s great to see MAA art showcased at the Lemont Center for the Arts for the first time and unfortunately for the last,” she said in an email. “I too had a wonderful art background during my years at MAA, and I’m glad to see that it has continued all this time.”

Parry said her time at Mount Assisi helped form her as an artist.

“During my years at MAA, I was fortunate to have four years of art and encouragement from Sister Michelle,” she said in an email. “We had annual art exhibits that were judged by local professional artists that gave me confidence in my ability to continue on in a field that I was – and continue to be – passionate about.”

Pomierski said the school chose against having a reception for the artists because of the school closing.

“If we were going to be open again next year, we would do a reception,” she said.

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