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Staff Art Show Brings Mamaroneck District Together

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Kevin Klein has shown his work in MamaronArt all 14 years he has taught art at Mamaroneck High School, but this year was his first as the chair of the department.

Klein, who became chair July 1, enjoys the diverse mediums, and departments, on display at MamaronArt, held in the Palmer Gallery after school Thursday.

"Before we have a chance to have the students' work finished, we have a district-wide staff art show," Klein said. "There's a lot of creative folks around here."

Derek Srygley teaches physics at the high school, but also dabbles in found art. Last year, he displayed his sticker-art collection and is looking to start a project involving metallic parts.

Other teacher-artists displayed quilts, ceramics, photography and even video.

"It's interesting because a lot of us work on this over the summer and it gets us excited to come back to work," said Emily Dombroff, a video teacher who shot three projects this summer.

Dombroff displayed behind-the-scenes footage she shot of a New York City photo shoot at MamaronArt. The photo shoot was for a new brand of electric motorcycles called Evolve in July.

The art department promotes the idea of "teacher as artist" and, like Dombroff, high school ceramics teacher Michael Dollar attended a workshop in Saratoga Springs this summer to further his own professional career. At Thursday's gallery reception, he displayed several of the ceramics pieces he worked on over the summer.

"We want to give everyone in the district the chance to get their work out there," Klein said.

MamaronArt will be open in the Palmer Art Gallery through Oct. 21.

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