Connecting Cultures: Elmira art students unveil new artwork
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Art students at Elmira High School unveiled a collaborative art piece they say was created to honor "peace and friendship among cultures".
The collaboration, which was in partnership with the Friends of the Chemung River, was made particularly with the Haudenosaunee people, otherwise known as the "People of the Longhouse", in mind.
"The individual pieces, they express everyone that collaboration on this assignment as a whole," said Devin Beatty, one of the artists. "And it connects us all together and helps us find a greater balance between friendships and alliances."
The paintings depicted Chemung River nearby and many of the plants and animals that make their home on the river. There are also many symbols in the painting, representing things like the clan families of the Haudenosaunee, who come from six different Native Nations around New York State.
The artwork was also created for a grant project partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the funds being administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.