With her graduation from Benjamin Logan High School on the horizon later this school year, senior Elliott Bailey received a special keepsake recently that brings back memories of her early elementary years.
Elliott was surprised to learn that her award-winning artwork from fourth-grade, which had been entered into the Susan Faulkner Fine Arts Exhibition and Auction as part of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children Fall Conference, had made its way back to Benjamin Logan Schools.
The bidder on her piece, Pat Naveau, now-retired gifted coordinator at Coldwater Schools, messaged Benjamin Logan gifted coordinator Sally Stolly about the piece this year.
“A number of years ago (September 2015) when I was involved in the Ohio Association for Gifted Children, I purchased a piece of artwork that was created by a student from Benjamin Logan Schools,” Naveau said in her message.
“The student, Elliott Bailey, was a fourth-grader. Her artwork was inspired by Pablo Picasso, was professionally-framed and includes her artist statement on the back.
“I had displayed the piece in my office while I was the gifted coordinator at Coldwater Schools. I retired six years ago and would be happy to return it to the young artist if you can help me locate her.
“I don’t remember when I purchased it. Elliott may be in high school or perhaps has already graduated or moved away.”
Stolly was able to connect with Naveau during a recent trip to Coldwater to make the exchange of Elliott’s artwork.