In love with Lincoln

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

A rainbow-colored mural of Abraham Lincoln will be just one of the pieces of artwork featured during the Bostic Lincoln Festival on Saturday.

Handmade art from students at Sunshine Elementary School will be on display. The students have worked for three weeks to put together these colorful and patriotic works that represent different stages of Abraham Lincoln’s life and the impact he had on the country.

“We just wanted to involve as many people in the community as we could and we thought it would be good for the kids,” said Sherri Suttle, co-chairman of the Bostic Lincoln Festival committee.

Anne Floyd, art teacher at Sunshine Elementary and volunteer Randy Neyer have been working with the students to develop their art. Every

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grade played a part in making the display happen.

“Every child in the school will have a piece of art at the festival on Saturday,” Neyer said.

The third, fourth and fifth grades worked together to make the mural, which is modeled after a painting by Debra Hurd called “Abraham Lincoln.” Along with the mural, each grade put together a cardboard quilt. Each cardboard quilt square features items such as the flags of the Civil War, money that includes Lincoln’s face and Lincoln’s cabin, hat and beard.

The artwork, along with some pieces from students at Forest City-Dunbar Elementary, will be on display in the old fire department building next to the Bostic Lincoln Center.

Sunshine students will also be performing a skit that depicts Lincoln as a child.

“We will have a kid dressed like Lincoln and do a Lincoln hand-puppet show. Then they are going to play some games that Lincoln would have played as a child,” Neyers said. “The kids are going to demonstrate the games and then get the audience to participate.”

Some of the games included in the skit will be hopscotch, checkers and walking on stilts. The skit will begin at 10 a.m. on the stage in the Max Gunter Park behind the Lincoln Center.

The Bostic Lincoln Festival will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Bostic Lincoln Center.

According to Suttle, the festival will also include 30 vendors, food, a Civil War display, car show and a petting zoo with pony rides. There will also be a variety of entertainment including the Sparkletones, Ray Rice Martial Arts, a Michael Jackson show by M.J. Milam and a performance of “Nancy Hanks, Bondwoman” by the Rutherford Community Theatre.