It was a sad day in the fall of 2003 when Beyer High School students returned from summer break to find their Sistine Chapel paintings gone. Five years of paintings, 1998-2003, had been removed from the ceiling of the art room. Painted ceiling tiles were a violation of the school rules.
Several years have passed, but the art department has never been the same. Those paintings represented the beauty of great art and five years of awesome kids. Both epitomized my passion.
Two years ago, Gov. Schwarzenegger provided a special grant for the fine arts and physical education. With this funding and the support of the administration, Beyer now has an art gallery. The first exhibit showcases 19 of the 55 vignettes replicating the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. My husband and I have restored and framed the broken work in hopes my students will come back to see their masterpieces.
Proudly, Beyer will open the exhibition Monday at 7 p.m. in The Patriots' Gallery. It is open to the public.
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Beyer High School art department