The hamlet of Amity, located just a few miles from the Village of Warwick, was home to a one room schoolhouse over 100 years ago but that school closed early in the 20th century. During the 1970s and 1980s however, the countryside around Amity once again rang with the sound of children’s voices, as well as the school bell!
At that time, parents of the Chardavogne Group started a parent run school for their children in the old schoolhouse on the hill next to the historic Church. The children ranged in ages from kindergarten up to middle school and over the years, several dozen children attended the school. The lucky children received an enlivening education by a group of very talented and creative parents.
One of the students, Gabrielle Jennings recalls, “…a Maypole, hopscotch, making marbled paper covers for handmade books full of our poetry, making wooden ocarinas and carving our initials in them, illustrating fairy tales told by the resident story teller. Singing, dancing, digging for clay and making a ceramic turtle…” All of this was in addition, of course, to the usual curriculum of reading, writing and arithmetic.
Exhibit & Artist’s Reception
Given such a creative start in life, it is hardly surprising that many of the former students have become artists and craftspeople in their own right. During the month of October, the Amity Gallery, located at 110 Newport Bridge Rd. in Warwick, will host an exhibition featuring some of the Amity School alumni’s works including paintings, photographs, wood turnings, videos, and written works. A few of the parents of the students may even be persuaded to show some of their own works.
An artist’s reception will be held on Sat., Oct. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Amity Gallery, located at 110 Newport Bridge Rd. in Warwick. The exhibit will be open every weekend during October from 12 noon to 4p.m. For more information visit www.amitygallery110.wordpress.com or follow the gallery on Facebook.