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Ahfachkee students artwork on display at Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki

Ahfachkee students pose proudly in front of the exhibit of their work at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Big Cypress Jan. 24. (Photo courtesy Carrie Dilley)


BIG CYPRESS — Ahfachkee kindergarten through fifth graders had what some artists wait a lifetime for: a show of their work at a museum. The young artists enjoyed the opening reception for the annual showcase at Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on Jan. 24.

Part of the Ahfachkee art show at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Big Cypress,
on display through April 16. (Beverly Bidney)

The school’s visual arts program examines the artwork of some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Students study the work of the masters and, inspired by their newly found knowledge, create their own masterpieces using the lessons of composition and color.

The enthusiastic artists were proud of what they created. Mauro Avalos, 11, was pleased with all the colors he used in his piece.

“I love art because you get to use your imagination,” said fifthgrader Riley Jumper, 11. “I have the best one in the bunch.”

The Ahfachkee School show will be on display at the museum through April 16.

Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at