Art Against Abuse Raises Awareness


North Salem High School students will showcase their thoughtful work during the Art Against Abuse exhibition at the Hammond Museum on Friday, March 6.

“We will have work from approximately 100 students on display at the show,” said art teacher Ms. Diana Marinovic.

The annual event, sponsored by the Elizabeth G. Butler Angel Foundation, is the culmination of a dating abuse awareness program provided for students at the school. This year, the school welcomed a guest speaker from My Sisters’ Place, who spoke about domestic violence and abuse in dating relationships.

“He talked to us about healthy relationships and unhealthy relationships, and some warning signs, what to do and how to get help,” said sophomore Julianna Cervoni.

Junior Dana Kopser added, “It’s really tough for us to hear about this [topic] because there was an occurrence here at our school, a really long time ago, as a result of an abusive relationship. We were shocked and worried for anybody in that kind of situation.”

Students then reflected on what they learned by creating artwork that represented unhealthy or healthy relationships.

“You have to be creative to think of an idea,” said Cervoni, who said she constantly changed her work through self-evaluation and reflection.

Kopser found she had to persevere as she worked to continue taking photographs until she was satisfied. “I had so many ideas, but to take them from my mind and actually create them was very hard.”

The Art Against Abuse work, created using a wide variety of media, can be viewed during the opening reception on March 6, from 7-9 p.m., and on Sunday, March 8, from 1-3 p.m., at the Hammond Museum.