By Michelle Caceres

Art patrons mingle through an exhibit showcasing a variety of pieces while sampling hors d’oeuvres and appreciating the jazz sounds of a local band.

This swanky event didn’t take place in an upscale conservatory of a bustling metropolis, but in the cafeteria at FishHawk Creek Elementary School.

The artwork on display was not painted by Picasso, but by the schools’ budding artists.

The event, now in its ninth year, is organized by the school’s art teacher, Patricia Bunk, herself a professional artist. Bunk is a select artist for Fine Art America and has work available for purchase on its Website. She also hosts a virtual art school at

Bunk said in her school classroom students are able to relax and channel their energy and creativity on their artwork, a process that will help them in other subjects.

“The arts are the heartbeat of life and participation has been shown to help students in math and science,” said Bunk.

She said the art show adds a special element to the curriculum, allowing her more than 900 students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the art world and career choices available in that field.

The opportunity to show off their individual masterpieces was a hit with students and parents.

First grade student, Bryleigh Spears, focused on using different colors to make her art stand out. Her dad was on hand to commend her hard work.

“It shows she’s trying and is very creative,” said Jim Spears, her father.

Principal Pam Bush is pleased to support Bunk’s desire to create a lasting legacy and love of the arts in each of her students.

“Mrs. Bunk does an awesome job showcasing the talents of our students here at FishHawk Creek Elementary and we are thrilled to host this event every year,” she said.

For more information about the art program at FishHawk Creek Elementary, e-mail Bunk at patri For more information or to preview or purchase Bunk’s art pieces, visit


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Michelle Caceres
MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.