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Columbia Artist Shares Her Children of the Holocaust Portraits with 7th Graders

Columbia Artist Shares Her Children of the Holocaust Portraits with 7th Graders
Posted on 03/15/2019
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Ms. Mote's 7th grade Social Studies classes had a very special guest speaker on Friday, March 15th. Her name is Mary Burkett and she gave the students a glimpse of her exhibit entitled Beloved: Children of the Holocaust. This exhibit is made up of twenty-seven portraits of Jewish children who lost their lives during the Holocaust. As Mrs. Burkett revealed each portrait to the students, she also revealed the child's touching story of life and death. Mrs. Burkett only started drawing these portraits a little over two years ago and has had no formal training as an artist. She does each portrait by hand using only a pencil, a cotton ball, and a cotton swab.  Mrs. Burkett is both deeply talented and touching. The 7th graders also received a sneak peek of her upcoming exhibit Beloved: Legacy of Slavery, which will be displayed at this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  Pictured above is the 7th grade Honors class who skipped their recess to hear even more from her!  To see more photos, visit the Photo Gallery.