Sawyer Celebrates Student Artists and Exhibits Art in Raleigh | Local News
Senator Vickie Sawyer has changed the look of her Raleigh office as new works of art from the area adorn its walls.
These latest selections come from Cornerstone Christian Academy, a private K-12 school with 221 students, located on Glover Street in Statesville. It was Renee Griffith, principal of the school, who sought to see the works on display because, as Sawyer noted, “she obviously has some very talented young artists among her who wanted to celebrate their art in Raleigh.
Sawyer, who represents the 34th District of the Senates, which includes Iredell and Yadkin counties, wanted to pay tribute to his grandmother, who was an artist, and decided to do so by showcasing the work of artists from his district. She started this in early 2019 and continues to showcase the work of the local arts community.
“I haven’t had a lot of student art,” Sawyer said, “and it’s very exciting to be able to celebrate these young artists, and I hope they can come and visit me there. That would be pretty cool.
It was actually a previous visit that school members made to Raleigh that sparked the idea that Cornerstone’s works would be on display in Sawyer’s office.
Last year, the school traveled to Raleigh to advocate for “what we call the opportunity scholarship,” Sawyer noted. “It’s for kids whose families earn less than $ 75,000 a year. They can get up to $ 4,000 in tuition assistance. So public education is not only suitable for this kid, he can go to this school and use the opportunity scholarship, then get some help to go. So they came to argue for that, and that’s where Renee got the idea to bring up the artwork.