The evening revolved around large display of work by top-notch artists. Dozens of guests chatted above the gentle sounds of classical music coming from an orchestral ensemble in the corner of the hall. Wait staff in evening attire glided through the crowd serving handmade hors d’oeuvres.

The evening revolved around large display of work by top-notch artists. Dozens of guests chatted above the gentle sounds of classical music coming from an orchestral ensemble in the corner of the hall. Wait staff in evening attire glided through the crowd serving handmade hors d’oeuvres.


This scene may sound like a night in Venice or Paris, but it wasn’t. It was the second annual Sherman ISD faculty art show Monday evening.


"I am so thankful we have this opportunity to enjoy the arts," said Mary Ann Berry, librarian at Wakefield Elementary in Sherman. Berry was part of the large crowd packed shoulder to shoulder in the front hall of the SISD Service Center.


Ten Sherman ISD art teachers offered 17 works covering visual arts from photography to craftwork to painting. Students from the Sherman orchestra and culinary arts programs lent their talents to the evening as well.


Mignon Plyler, director of technology and fine arts for SISD, coordinated the event. "We have such talented art teachers, and we never get to show that to the public," said Plyler.


The Service Center regularly features rotating artwork from Sherman students in all grades, but showcasing work from teachers is a new idea. The first faculty show took place last year. According to Plyler, it was such a success that the administration decided to expand the program this year, allowing teachers to show two works each instead of one. Plyler hopes that recognizing the teachers in this way will underscore the District’s continuing commitment to the fine arts.


Sherry Young, an art teacher at Sherman High School, was one of many teachers on hand to talk about her work. "We are so used to teaching our students, it’s nice to show that we are not just teachers, we are artists," said Young. An art teacher for 37 years, Young’s colorful, larger than life portraits of her dog were prominently featured.


After the event, the Sherman ISD Board of Trustees officially recognized the hard work of these teachers during their regular meeting.


"We all know SISD has talented students, but for that to be true we have to have very talented teachers," said Board member Doug Walters.


Although the snacks and music are gone, the works from the faculty art show will remain on display to the public at the SISD Service Center until April 3.