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Inaugural event for Vaudreuil-Dorion school

PETES students Haley Rheaume-Jacobson and Olivia Joffre helped set up Thursday for a first annual red-carpet art vernissage held that night which gave students a chance to shine. (Phototheque)

A red-carpet art vernissage held Thursday evening at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Elementary School in Vaudreuil-Dorion gave the more than 380 students attending the English school a chance to shine as featured artists, while also helping to raise money for an art program.The event, a first for the Vaudreuil-Dorion school, will hopefully become an annual function according to principal Colleen Galley. “All students from kindergarten to Grade 6 had works of art on display,” she explained, adding, the event was the brainchild of art teacher Cathy Diemahave.“We really want to make it feel like an elegant, cultural evening,” Diemahave noted prior to the vernissage. To that end, the school’s gymnasium and multipurpose room were transformed with display panels used to hold the art, while decorative curtains and classical music played by the school’s music teacher also helped set an elegant tone. Refreshments were served.Funds that were raised during the evening through admission fees, as well as the sale of art that was donated by local artists, parents or other teachers, will be used to buy such things as art supplies, clay and sculpting supplies, Diemahave explained. Other funds were raised when two art baskets donated by Omer DeSerres were raffled during the evening.

Kristina Edson


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