Poly Drivers: Poly artists’ endeavors rewarded with Reflections

Reflections Art Program is a National PTA program. Twelve student artists participated at Poly this year. Several students advanced to the state level: 1st place-Aubri M. and 2nd place-Ronan G. (K-2 Primary division), and 1st place-Emery P. and 2nd place Maren R. (3-5 intermediate division).
State level results were announced in late February, and two Poly artists received Judges Awards: Ronan and Emery. First place winners from state level then advanced to the national level.
All of the Poly Reflections artists’ work will be on show at the Toucan Gallery the week of April 16, with an opening reception beforehand.
A special thank you to our Poly Drive Reflections judges—Ev Bergeron, Mike Caskey, and Kelly Ewing for evaluating the students’ work.
And a huge thank you to PTA Reflections chairperson Deva Gallagher for organizing and guiding the artists in their Reflections endeavors.

Poly Drivers: Poly artists advance to state level


After months of learning and creating, several Poly Drive students have advanced to the state level competition of the National PTA’s Reflections Arts program.

This national competition has six categories: Photography, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music Composition, Literature, and Visual Arts. Each year a different theme is chosen. This year, the theme is What’s Your Story? Students must submit a written piece, or artist statement along with their final work that makes a connection between their work and the theme. The work is first judged by category and age division within each school. The first and second place winners from each category advance to the state level. State level judging takes place in February. The first place entries at the state level advance to the National Level on March 1. National level winners will be announced on May 1.

Our group of 14 Poly Drive artists met twice a month to learn about composition, and art history, and to try new materials. Chairperson Deva Gallagher led the artists in their explorations and learning. Each student produced a final piece based upon the theme. The first and second place winners for each division/ category are:

Visual Arts grades K-2
1. Sadie R
2. Iris G

Visual Arts grades 3-5
1. Maren R
2. Caroline K

Literature grades 3-5
Leela O

The group’s work will be displayed at the Poly Drive talent show on February 24. The work will also be displayed at a local art gallery, and at Poly Drive School. Please e-mail Deva Gallagher at gdevatom@yahoo.com if you have a child interested in the arts, and would like to be added to the list for next year.
Congratulations to all our Poly Drive artists for their efforts! And a huge thank you to Deva for her dedication and expertise in this process, as well as the parents for supporting their artists.


Poly Drivers: Two art shows complete Talent Show evening


The Reflections Art Program is a National PTA initiative to encourage creativity. Students of all grades and abilities may participate. This year the theme was “What Is Your Story?” Poly Drive students participated in weekly art workshops October through February and brought home awards on the local level. All of the artists work was matted and presented in an art show during the Talent Show on Feb. 24.

Special thanks to Deva G for guiding our young artists through the program, for matting the artwork to be displayed, and for coordinating program details. What a difference you have made for our school community! Thank you to the parents that have been so committed to this art program, to Letha M and Tom G for the brilliant installation at the Talent Show and to judges Kelly E, Mrs. Bergeron and Mr. Cellan for their expert eyes.

Finally, and especially – congratulations to all the artists for their hard work and commitment to see it through to the end!

All pieces will be on display at Toucan Gallery at 2505 Montana Avenue April 8-14. Please visit the show and continue your support of Poly Drive talent!

The work was evaluated based upon three criteria:

  1. Interpretation of theme “What is Your Story” -20 points possible
  2. Creativity-10 points possible
  3. Technique-10 points possible

The first and second place winners at our local level were submitted to the state level of competition.

Primary (K-2)

  • 1st Place – Sadie R Two Loveable Pets
  • 2nd Place – Iris G Fish In The Sea

Intermediate (3-5)

  • 1st Place – Maren R How My Story Grows
  • 2nd Place – Caroline K My Happy Place

Literature Entry – Intermediate (3-5)

  • Leela O The Girl


Thank you so much for everyone who encouraged our students to enter in our first Juried Art Show. It was a very difficult decision to make when deciding what pieces would be accepted. Thirty seven pieces were entered and 26 pieces were accepted. Thanks to all the amazing artists for participating! Special thanks also goes to our Talent Showcase participants for rounding out a spectacular display of art and talent. Thank you!

Thank you to Mike C, juror, and Ursula R, Deva G, Kayleith P, Letha M and Jenny W for collection, installation and clean up.

  • 1st Place – Julia R Meet You on Bourbon Street
  • 2nd Place – Matija P June Bug
  • 3rd Place – Zoe D The North Star

Two pieces were purchased

  • Zoe G Deer – $40
  • Leela O Emu Silhouette – $13

All sale benefits go back to the original artist.