Sculptures with influences that transcend nations now adorn the Welcome Center at Historic Cold Spring Village. The artists are Lower Cape May Regional High School students.

The sculptures are a product of the Introduction to Sculptures class at LCMR High School. The designs include Greek-inspired vases created in papier-mache, African-inspired masks created in plaster of Paris, Huichol Indian-inspired masks in slab clay, pinch pot bowls, coil bowls and slab bowls, LCMR High School teacher Patricia Neville said in an email.

The sculptures are a result of one semester's worth of class.

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"(The sculpture show) is part of our initiative to further our relationship with the high school. This year will be marking our attempt at a partnership with them," said curator and historic preservationist Samantha Bono.

The village and the high school are partnering on several initiatives, Bono said. Among them are curriculum development with the Future Business Leaders of America and centerpiece creation for village events with the high school's Tiger Lily Flower Shop.

"The high school's Tiger Lily Flower Shop (is run by) teacher Karen Barr, and she and I are working together on centerpieces for our restaurant gala," Deputy Director Kate Devaney said. "(Barr) will make a model piece, and the students will make the rest."

The partnership between the school district and the village began in the fall, when administrators from LCMR met with directors at the village.

"The purpose was to institute programs and partnerships between LCMR school district and HCSV to create a series of programs benefiting students and teachers," Clare Juechter, chief administrative officer of the village, said in an email.

The student sculptures will be on display at the village until Easter weekend. On Friday night, the village held an opening reception for the student art.

The restaurant gala, "Feasting on History," for which the Tiger Lily Flower Shop will be designing, will take place May 6. It is the village's largest fundraiser. This year, the event will be held at the NASW Aviation Museum. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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