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New North Rose-Wolcott Art Teachers Team Up for Exhibit

Two art teachers in their first year at North Rose-Wolcott Central School, who also worked together in college, are teaming up for an art exhibit titled “The Journey.”

Tara Daly teaches at North Rose-Wolcott Elementary, and Kevin Sharpe at Leavenworth Middle School. They each followed their own journey into the worlds of art and teaching, but their paths did cross before starting their NRW careers.

The two art enthusiasts met in graduate school at Nazareth College in Rochester, where they took studio classes together in ceramics and computer graphics.

“I hadn’t talked to him since grad school, until we realized we got hired in the same district,” Daly said.

One memory: Kevin spilled glaze all over one of her ceramics projects. The accidentally glazed-over piece will be among the works featured at the exhibit, which will open from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the high school gallery. It will run through March 2.

Daly credits retired NRW art teacher Deborah Teska with the idea of teaming up.

“We went to check out the alumni show and we got to talking with her, and she suggested we do a showcase on the new art teachers in the department. We are planning on bringing in work from all times of our lives,” she said.

Tara Daly

“I am new to NRWE, but I am not new to art or teaching kids. I believe in creating a safe environment for students to explore, learn and grow in. I’m so lucky to be in a position where I get to watch creativity develop and see what wonderful ideas come about each day,” Daly said.

Daly graduated from Irondequoit High School in Rochester, and has a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York College at Brockport, where she double majored in arts for children and studio art. She earned a graduate degree in art education from Nazareth College.

Daly worked at Wayne Central Middle School for two years before joining the NRWE team.

Kevin Sharpe

Sharpe is a graduate of Penfield High School, and graduated from Nazareth College in 2011 with a bachelor of art education degree.

“I will be completing my master’s degree in art education this May. I spent the last four years teaching art at various levels in the Rochester City School District. I am excited to call NRW Middle School my new home,” Sharpe said.