Wednesday, January 25, 2006

TOP STORY >> A work of Panther art

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: School board conference room gets splash of color

Donna Williams, an art teacher at Cabot Middle School North, recently completed a month-long painting project depicting the school district’s emblem and mascot on the walls of the board of education room in the Administration Building, 602 North Lincoln.

The mural of the seal and two leaping panthers is on the wall behind the board of education conference table. On the west and east walls, Williams put up large letters spelling out the names of all the schools in the district, separated by panther paw prints.

Frank Holman, superintendent of the district, says he plans to have student art and academic work from all the schools displayed on the south wall of the board of education room.

“We’re also asking some of our principals if they have special recognition of teachers and staff to bring it over and we’ll put it up,” Holman said. Williams’ artwork can be seen throughout the district. In the physical education room at Magness Creek Elementary, Williams painted a group of panther kittens participating in athletic activities.

“Mrs. Williams is a very dedicated teacher but most importantly dedicated to her students,” said Renee Calhoon, principal at Cabot Middle School North.

Williams painted the panther mural in the Academic Center of Excellence building and a panther leaping out of the wall.

“I’ve painted just about every panther you can imagine painting,” Williams said.

“This has been a great wall to paint,” Williams said. “When you paint concrete blocks, it’s so porous the paint gets in the holes in the concrete and then gravity pulls it all down, making it drippy and runny,” Williams explained.