State Rep. Doug Dubitsky Awards Legislative Citations for Inspiring Art Projects

Posted on June 18, 2019 by jpheasant


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CHAPLIN – State Representative Doug Dubitsky (R-47) presented Chaplin Elementary School, Parish Hill Middle/High School, and their art teachers, Karen Avis and Genevieve Govoni with legislative citations for their work on a local art project.

“It was wonderful to present these well-deserved citations to Ms. Avis, Mrs. Govoni, and to Chaplin Elementary School and Parish Hill Middle/High School for their hard work and creativity. I know I speak for all of my colleagues at the State Capitol when I say thank you for brightening up the People’s House in Hartford with your lovely art,” Rep. Dubitsky said.

Earlier this year, Brian Cohen, a Chaplin resident and co-founder of Positive Expression, an art based non-profit organization designed to promote positive expression through art, held an exhibit titled “Away with the Negativity,” where students from seven area schools created artworks which they displayed at Mansfield’s East Brook Mall.

From among the artworks exhibited, Cohen chose a few exceptional pieces to showcase at the State Capitol’s concourse gallery.


Photo: Chaplin First Selectman William Rose IV, Brian Cohen Co-Founder of Positive Expression, Principal Kevin Chavez, Art Teacher Karen Avis, State Representative Doug Dubitsky, State Senator Dan Champagne (R-35), and Superintendent Kenneth Henrici stand alongside two Chaplin Elementary students who display a photograph of the artwork displayed at the East Brook Mall and smiley face donated by Cohen and signed by the lawmakers.


Photo: State Representative Doug Dubitsky presents art teacher, Genevieve Govoni, and Parish Hill Middle/High School Principal Brian Tedeschi with a legislative citations for their  work on the “Away with the Negativity” art exhibit.