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Mrs. Shryack-Pagh, my high school art teacher

My high school art teacher, Mrs. Shryack-Pagh had a huge influence on me and helped me keep my sanity during high school. I went on to the photography program at Columbia College Chicago partly because i had such a strong art program all through high school. This will be nice to be a part of.

From the Rockford Register Star:

Teacher's former students sought for ArtScene

And, their art.

This fall's ArtScene will have an exhibit called "A Tribute to Teacher" to honor Margo Shryack-Pagh, who taught 33 years at Guilford and Auburn high schools. She retired at the end of the 2003-04 school year. Student Amy Chavez, 16, says her former teacher went above and beyond, including sharing her prep time with students who wanted to take an art class but couldn't fit it into their budget-crunch-shortened schedules. "She just truly enjoyed what she was doing," says Chavez, now a senior at Auburn.

Belles Firm of Architecture, 1001 E. Jefferson, will showcase Shryack-Pagh's and her students' artwork. ArtScene will be held around Rockford from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2. Any of Shryack-Pagh's students are welcome to exhibit their work. For more information, call Lynn Belles at 815-961-0504.