The idea for the exhibit and scholarship came from
The teacher advocated for her students and encouraged them to continue growing as artists, including entering their work in what became an annual gallery exhibit.
"She was a really talented artist, but she was a really gifted teacher also," Koster said.
Remembering an artist: Cordell, who taught for 30 years, died
The gallery exhibit will display many of Cordell's works, including some weavings, paintings and ceramic pieces, Koster said. It will also include some quirky pieces of Cordell's work, such as the Snookums she created for holiday craft shows each year from socks and gloves. The show opens Friday with an opening reception from
Koster and her husband also approached the Eastern district to investigate setting up a scholarship in Cordell's name. The goal is to have a scholarship in time for a graduating senior this year interested in an art-related field, Koster added.
Scholarship details: The scholarship will be run through the district's Dollars for Scholars organization, Koster said, with the exhibit of Cordell's work as a launch point for fundraising efforts.
Money that comes into the fund earmarked for the art scholarship will be tallied and then the couple, with Cordell's family members' input, will be able to set up parameters for the scholarship, said
The scholarship could be just for one year, or a repeating award for multiple years, Miller said.
"It depends on the donations that come in," Miller said.
Unfinished work: Koster said many of Cordell's projects went unfinished at the time of her death, including a grouping of ceramic tiles she'd created without arranging them into a finished mosaic.
For the gallery exhibit, Koster asked one of Cordell's former students,
Hertz, a senior at
"She really would go out of her way for her art students," Hertz said.
In many ways, Cordell pushed Hertz while in high school, and the two stayed in touch after Hertz graduated, she said. "To be able to finish what she started was really neat," Hertz said.
Hertz never settled on just one medium and her own upcoming exhibit, to follow Cordell's at Weavings, Ink., is a medley of robots, photography and mixed collages, Hertz said.
The exhibit of Cordell's work will be at the gallery from Friday until Saturday, Sept, 6. Weavings, Ink. is located at
Donations to the scholarship fund can be mailed to the attention of the Eastern York Dollars for Scholars at P.O. Box 95 in
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