A reception and exhibition of the works of the 12 young area artists that attended the Children's Art Workshops at the Anita Shapolsky Foundation was held this past Sunday in Jim Thorpe.

The art workshops, which were for children ages 9-14, were sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and featured artwork done in the Abstract Expressionist style.

The students of the summer art class 2012 worked with monotypes, acrylic paints, charcoal, ink and pencil.

Teaching the workshops was artist Linda Lefevre of Harrisburg, who has an impressive education background and has taught art from elementary to college level.

"The students produced wonderful work," Lefevre said of the workshops, "and they were all very focused, worked hard, and came up with some outstanding work."

Tony Ellis, 9, of Nesquehoning, summed up the experience for himself and the other students.

"I enjoyed it and I met lots of people," said Ellis. "It was a really good time to express my feelings and art."

Anita Shapolsky, director of the Anita Shapolsky Foundation, reflected on the workshops and exhibition.

"I think that it's wonderful that the parents are so interested in doing things for their children and bringing in more intellectual and cultural experiences for them," Shapolsky said.

"When you have parents that are interested, you have beautiful work; and you have children who grow up and become more culturally aware.

"They have the opportunity to be in a museum where they have the art of international artists, so its a wonderful life experience," Shapolsky added.

"The A.S. Foundation has the art of many fine abstract artists who are all in major museums," she noted.

"This is a real museum and it has work better than most of the museums in the area, right up to Philadelphia."

The public is invited to stop by and see what the Anita Shapolsky Foundation has to offer. There is no admission charge for the exhibition, but donations will be accepted.

The exhibition of the children's artwork will continue at the foundation, located at 20 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.