Memory Portraits - Afghanistan
Continuing in the 12th year of our tradition, eight National Art Honor Society members spent January and February illustrating meaningful portraits of children in need from Afghanistan. Members Zexi Wu ’21, Olivia Wasson ’22, Emma Doherty ’22, Lily Flannery ’22, Matteo Stossi ’22, Alexa Zarraga-Miran ’22, Ainsley Johnston ’22 and Silin Yi ’23 created the illustrations. Colored pencil and chalk pastel were used to develop the features in the face of each child. Each artist added personal touches in style and background details.
The National Art Honor Society provides a fifteen-dollar fee for the handling and delivery of each portrait. A portion of that fee helps to provide school supplies and when possible, clothing and toiletries for the children. The Memory Project staff members usually hand-deliver the portraits, but due to the pandemic, our portraits will be shipped to the orphanage that is home to the children. We are hopeful that the orphanage staff will take photos of the children receiving the portraits and share them with the Memory Project staff. In turn, the Memory Project staff will share them with us.
Despite the hurdles of this unusual school year, these artists persevered and fulfilled their obligation. They followed through to “create a kinder world through art.” as the Memory Project mission states. Please congratulate the eight fore-mentioned artists on a job well done!