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Grit & Shine

By Thomas Sellers Jr.
MES Art Show 1 MES Art Show 2 MES Art Show 3For years the students of Munford Elementary have displayed their colors, drawings, paintings and creativity at the annual Art Show.
But his past April 20, the children shared the stage with local artist Adam Exelbierd. The special guest invited by Munford Elementary Art Teacher Ashley Hammond and Principal Varissa Richardson brought a gift. Before parents viewed their children’s artwork, Exelbierd and Hammond unveiled a large painting of a cougar club surrounded by small paw and hand prints.
Exelbierd will now be known in South Tipton like he is in Memphis. To fans of basketball in Hoop City, Exelbierd is an entertainer and artist for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Exelbierd and some of the students painted throughout the evening creating artwork for purchase. The money went toward the MES Art Department.
“In our annual art show, this is the first commission piece,” Hammond noted. “We’re so grateful for Mr. Exelbierd to be here. He donated his paintings, canvas, paint and his time.”
Hammond said Exelbierd came to Munford to share his talent and encourage the students. The bright colors Exelbierd brought with him were splashed upon canvas after canvas creating works reminiscent of Jackson Pollock.
While Exelbierd and the young artist worked in the cafeteria, several parents made their way to the gymnasium to view more than 800 original pieces created by the MES students.
Richardson said the hard work of the students, Hammond and generosity of Exelbierd made this one of the best Art Shows in MES History.
“Tonight is a big night,” she said. “We’re happy to have Mr. Exelbierd here and him giving encouraging words to all the students. And we have this wonderful piece up her on display.”

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