READY TO COLOR — Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo holds a coloring contest page made from an artwork by Rome Free Academy sophomore Carley Reed, right. The coloring contest will be open to students in grades kindergarten through fourth-grade. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Young artists inspired by beauty of Erie Canal Contest to feature work by RFA sophomore

Published Apr 16, 2017 at 9:00am

A painting by Carley Ann Reed, a sophomore at Rome Free Academy, has been chosen from the student exhibit celebrating the beauty of the Erie Canal to be used as a coloring book page for students from kindergarten through grade four, according to an announcement by the Rome City School District.

In collaboration with City of Rome officials, a coloring contest for elementary students will begin on May 1 and will feature Reed’s artwork, the announcement said.

The winning entries of the coloring contest will have their artwork on display at Bellamy Park as a part of the July Bicentennial celebration, according to the district announcement.

Reed’s painting “Chief Engineer” is currently on display with over 70 other student pieces in a show entitled “The Beauty of the Erie Canal” which is themed in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal.

The first shovel of earth turned to create the Erie Canal was dug in Rome, and the 200-year-old canal was a key factor in both economic development and westward expansion in America.

“The Beauty of the Erie Canal” celebrated its opening at the Willett Center at Fort Stanwix National Monument on March 2. The show is now on display at Rome City Hall through Wednesday, April 26. The show will then travel to Community Bank for the month of May and continue on to the Rome Historical Society through July.

Comprised of artwork by students in grades 1-12, the exhibit combines local history with art in a fun and colorful way, according to school officials.