An art exhibition in Mableton pays tribute to the legacy of Cobb’s teacher Patrick Kay

By Rebecca Gaunt

Saturday’s Art with Heart Memorial Art Exhibition in honor of the legacy of Patrick Kay, a Cobb County County art teacher, drew an audience that filled the restaurant and venue with live music Mableton Green Room.

Key died in December 2020 after six weeks of fighting COVID-19.

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Patrons had the opportunity to purchase original art made by Cobb’s students, from elementary school to high school. Revenues go to profit Patrick Key Memorial Art Scholarship through the Cobb Schools Foundation. The fund provides support to Cobb’s art teachers for creative projects.

Key has taught art for more than 20 years at Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell and Hendricks Elementary School in Powder Springs. The word that reappeared on Saturday to describe him was kind.

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Several Cobb students were recognized on stage by their art teachers because they showed kindness in school. They were awarded the Patrick KEY Kindness Award (Kindness Exemplified Yearlong) while Key’s wife Priscilla watched from the audience, surrounded by friends and family.

The originals and replicas of the pieces shown are still available for purchase via virtual art exhibition the host is Artomé. Alpharetta-based business partners with schools to provide students with an art exhibition experience.

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Parent Laura Zhiss helped organize the event. She said that for many students, this is the first opportunity to be part of an art show.

In addition to the artwork, attendees were able to order food, of which memorials also came in handy, while students played live music on stage. Pizza was a popular choice, cooked on A 4,000-pound wood stove From Italy.

Tre ‘Hutchins, a member of the school board for place 3, attended the play.

“I am thrilled with the support of the Inaugural Art Show in honor of the life and legacy of our own Mr. Patrick Kay. As we grow the sustainability of our art initiatives throughout the county, such efforts will provide support for teacher supplies and programming, ”he said.

Rebecca Gaunt holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in education from the University of Oglethorpe. After teaching in elementary school for several years, she returned to writing. He lives in Marietta with his wife, son, two cats and a dog. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, drinking Netflix, and traveling.

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