The Amazing Elements Tile Mosaic is now finished. If you happen to be at VFMS, take a look at the mural–you will be amazed at what the children have achieved with Artist-in-Residence Rhoda Kahler!
Here is a lovely thank you note that the PTO received from the VFMS art teachers:
Thank you to everyone who helped with the installation of our mural of The Five Elements. It thrills us that so many of you stopped to admire and compliment and comment and help by putting up tile, grouting or polishing. We have many special thank you’s to express!
Our most hearty thanks goes to the VFMS PTO and the wonderful parents who volunteered tirelessly and supported the project financially. Much gratitude to the custodial staff for patience with our mess making and support with unexpected supplies and assistance that we needed.
Thank you to Matt Gibson for supporting this project, letting us take down the showcases and lights and being flexible about every aspect of it.
Thank you to Jacqui Hickey for getting the plaque made so quickly and beautifully.
Thank you to Julia Falasco for getting us coverage when we needed it most and for sending parents down to help when they thought they’d just stopped in to drop off lunch or a forgotten project.
Thank you to teachers who allowed students to miss parts of class to help with installation.
Thank you to Shauna Hardy, James Alvarez and Trevor Johnson for recycling 400 pounds of red clay for this project.
Thank you to Allison Long who was a very good sport about us blocking her doorway and taking down her signage and using her room for storage overnight.
Thank you to Chloe Beltran who was a key helper in all kinds of big and small ways when she volunteered for weeks just for the joy of being around art and artists.
Thank you to all the students who helped to make 5,000 amazing clay tiles.
And most of all, thank you to Rhoda Kahler who worked miracles with those 5,000 tiles and changed it from a middle school art project to a world class art installation!
The Art Department feels supported and appreciated by you all. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!