Volusia County Schools' students showcase their art in gallery

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"America's Backbone," colored pencils on cardboard, by Leilany Munoz, DeLand High School 11th grader. Courtesy photo
"America's Backbone," colored pencils on cardboard, by Leilany Munoz, DeLand High School 11th grader. Courtesy photo
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Students from six local high schools have their art on display at the Volusia County Schools' Art Stars of Volusia County High School Exhibition at The Hub on Canal in New Smyrna Beach. 

The display in the Founders Gallery opened on Saturday, Aug. 7, and will continue through Aug. 29. According to a press release by Volusia County Schools, the show consists of 2D and 3D art, as well as photography created by VCS' Advanced Art Programs students. The annual exhibition showcases top artwork from the VCS Spring 2021 Exhibition and State Art Award recipients, and include winners and standouts from the Scholastic State Art Exhibition, Volusia Students Create, Volusia Select and individual high school exhibitions. 

The public is invited to see their art. The free display is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. 

One Daytona wins awards

One Daytona recently won two awards recognizing its events and visual retailers, according to a press release on Aug. 4. 

The shopping and entertainment destination was honored with two silver awards for its art festival and the Innovative FOTO Photo booth submissions by the ICSC Global Awards. The press release announces that this organization's recognition is a "distinguished achievement for professional excellence in the retail and real estate industry claimed by the world's best companies and exceptional shopping center professionals." 

“It’s an honor to receive these two prestigious awards because it’s a special acknowledgement from our peers in the retail community” said Roxanne Ribakoff, president of One Daytona, in the press release. “The programming we do at One Daytona for the community is outstanding but this year, especially, we were extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish”.

One Daytona's art festival took place in November 2020, and drew over 90 artists and provided Volusia County Schools' visual art programs with a $15,000 donation, as well as a $5,000 donation to ArtHaus. 

The Innovative FOTO Photo booth is located on the main street of One Daytona and the mural displays pink flamingos, connecting it with the destination's public art program. 

This is the first time One Daytona has been recognized at the ICSC Global Awards.

Free pet microchipping event

Volusia County Animal Services will be offering free microchipping during a community event scheduled for Aug. 14, at its Anima Services' headquarters at 1250 Indian Lake Road. 

This drive-thru pet microchip event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first 300 vehicles will get a free pet disaster kit. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted just under the skin. When a handheld wand is waved over our pet's back, the ID code on the microchip will reveal the owner's name and contact information, in case your pet is lost. 

Animal Services microchipped nearly 1,300 pets for free during five events in the past year, according to a press release. Animal Services Director Adam Leath said it’s the best way to ensure a happy reunion with a lost pet.

“We believe in microchipping that strongly, and we have the lost pet stories with happy endings to prove its worth,” Leath said. “We want to make sure that every pet finds its way home. A microchip is the best way to do that.”

The free pet disaster kits will come in a 5-gallon bucket and will include pet food, water, a leash, pet collar light and more.

To expedite service at the event, the microchip consent form can be printed and filled out before arrival. Visit https://bit.ly/3lELxbz


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