Paragon Displays Art from Bodine School Students to Support Dyslexia Awareness Month

Paragon Bank is displaying artwork from Bodine School students in the lobby of its Saddle Creek Banking Center (7600 Poplar Avenue) throughout the month of October, which is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Bodine School endeavors to help children with dyslexia read and succeed.

“At Paragon, we take great pride in our community and love having the opportunity to partner with different schools by displaying their artwork,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “This month, we’re excited to have art from students at Bodine School showcase their talents and raise awareness for dyslexia.”

Paragon worked with Bodine School art teacher Lori Wakefield to coordinate the exhibit. The art, created by 17 students in the second through fifth grades, features Native American pictographs and will be on display for the community to view until October 31.

Student artists include Rob Gallina and Makayla Williams in second grade; Mya DeSouza, Levi Dorsey, Adrianna Libby, Brooks May, Taylor Pendleton, Lola Pera, Ciara Sernel and Virginia Unglesby in third grade; Will French, Lane McCranie, Jared Morris, Henry Shackleford, Merrick Shumaker and Grayson Simonton in fourth grade; and Mary Wilkes Dunavant in fifth grade.

About Bodine School

Based in Germantown, Tennessee, Bodine School provides an independent, educational experience that allows the dyslexic mind to thrive through a challenging and thought-provoking curriculum. The school’s mission is to lead the Mid-South in teaching children with dyslexia to read and succeed. For more information, visit bodineschool.org.

 

 

Paragon Bank Hosts Artwork from Memphis Oral School for the Deaf

Paragon Bank is currently displaying artwork from Memphis Oral School for the Deaf students in the lobby of its Saddle Creek Banking Center (7600 Poplar Avenue). The art will be showcased throughout the month of August. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to kick off another school year and to partner, once again, with the team at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Having the opportunity to view such inspirational artwork every day brings joy to both our employees and customers.”

Paragon worked with Ginger Ragan, Development Associate at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, to coordinate the display. The artwork that features paintings of butterflies was inspired by the school’s tradition of releasing the colorful insects during the graduation ceremony. The butterflies symbolize each student’s progress throughout their time at the school.

The artwork was created by Lizzie Gray, Jordan Johnson, Collins Kellum, Keith Nelson, Haley Newman, Martin Wade and Joseph Wright.

About Memphis Oral School for the Deaf

Located in Germantown for more than 50 years, the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf works to empower deaf children all over the Mid-South to listen, learn and talk. Instead of sign language, the school uses speech and language therapies and audiological services in conjunction with preschool classes to help profoundly deaf and hard-of-hearing children. These techniques help children, ages birth to six, develop the necessary listening and spoken language skills to be a part of a world of sound. For more information, visit www.mosdkids.org.

 

 

Paragon Showcases Artwork from Madonna Learning Center

Paragon Bank is displaying artwork from Madonna Learning Center students in the lobby of its Saddle Creek Banking Center (7600 Poplar Avenue) throughout the month of May. The exhibit is free and open for the public to come and enjoy.

“We are honored to host these wonderful pieces of art to support the brilliant work of those who attend the Madonna Learning Center,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Not only is it a treat for our customers to see the artwork when they come in, but it puts a smile on our employees’ faces every day they come to work.”

Paragon worked with Madonna Learning Center Visual Arts Instructor Anne Froning to gather the pieces and coordinate the exhibit. Pamela VanGilder serves as the After School Arts Program Director for the school.

Student artists include Heather Barrella, Sam Bryant, Eason Crone, Brittany Haase, Rachel Krug, Elisabeth Ann Neel, Allexis Parker, Adrian Salem, Shelby Stewart, Linsey Strawn, Ethan Thomas, Sarah VanGilder and Caroline Williamson. Additional earthenware ceramic clay pieces include the following: Small Colorful Fish by Rachel Krug, Blue Fish Plate by Shelby Stewart and Central BBQ Nachos by Linsey Strawn.

About Madonna Learning Center

Founded in 1969, Madonna Learning Center is a private, independent and faith-based school for children and young adults with disabilities. The school is committed to the belief that children and young adults, regardless of their disability, can succeed and build vital academic, social and work-related foundations. Approximately 58 children and young adults ages 5 to 30 years old are enrolled annually. For more information, call (901) 752-5767 or visit www.madonna-learning.org. 

 

Paragon Displays St. Louis Catholic School Student Artwork in Its Saddle Creek Location

Paragon Bank is hosting artwork by elementary and junior high students from St. Louis Catholic School throughout April in its Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue). The bank worked with St. Louis Catholic School art teacher Robin Durden to display pieces by 13 fourth grade students and 11 junior high students.

“We are always inspired by the talent of these young students, and it’s a pleasure for our employees and customers to view their great work,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “We have enjoyed working with St. Louis School for many years, and we continually look forward to the annual showcase.”

This year, the art pieces are separated into two different categories, one for fourth grade students and the other for junior high students. The fourth grade students recently learned about Georgia O’Keeffe and her flower paintings. They primarily drew iris flowers and completed the pictures with a watercolor background after studying how to mix colors using oil pastels. Junior high students gained inspiration from the art movement known as Fauve, created and named by Henri Matisse in the early 20th century. They used this knowledge to depict landscapes using simple shapes, complementary colors and contrasting warm and cool colors.

The artwork was created by Will Brownlee, Finley Carney, Savannah Cook, Lindsey Crossnine, Anne Grimes, Mckinley Kee, McKenzie Patterson, Ellie Reynolds, Katie Skinner, Mia Sofker, Ava Trainor, Anna Kate Wade and Cooper Williams in fourth grade; and Karen Benedict, Allison Bryant, Graciela Cabrero, Catie Grusin, Claire John, Gracie Kitchens, Jackson Lyons, Hughes Raiford, Brittain Ross, Layton Scarbrough and Geno Spiotta in junior high.

About St. Louis Catholic School

With more than 50 years of academic excellence and faith-based teaching, St. Louis Catholic School has served the community tirelessly. Beginning as a neighborhood parish school, St. Louis has been grounded in the community from its inception in 1957. Nearly 58 years later, St. Louis is one of the premier parish elementary schools in Memphis. For more information on St. Louis Catholic School, contact Melinda Bryant at (901) 255-1900 or mbryant@stlouismemphis.org.

 

Paragon Supports Dyslexia Awareness Month Through Bodine Student Art

Paragon Bank will display Bodine School student art in its Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue) during October to help raise awareness for Dyslexia Awareness Month. Bodine School, located in Germantown, strives to help children with dyslexia read and succeed.

“We’re honored to partner with such a great school and cause for three years in a row,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “The students and faculty at Bodine School are so talented, and it’s a privilege to display their work to raise awareness for this learning disorder that affects people of all ages in our community.”

Paragon worked with Bodine School art teacher Lori Wakefield to display an assortment of art mediums, including watercolor, charcoal and collage. The art, created by 49 students in the second through fifth grades, will be on display for the community to enjoy in the main lobby of the bank until October 31.

Student artists include Helen Craig, Thomas Hathcock, Adrianna Libby, Emma Claire Mackey, Ian Passman, Taylor Pendleton, Lola Pera, Nate Polly, Lola Poole, Ciara Sernel and Dariush Zafer in second grade; Jesse Ammons, Jordan Beasley, Michael Bright, Presley Carrol, Emiko Dallas, Luke Early, Kaylan French, Harry Hutchins, Keira Ligon, Lily McCollum, Jared Morris, Emily Nunn, Henry Shackelford, Sara Shepard, Grayson Simonton, Rachael Spain, Hil Thompson and Wilson Thompson in third grade; Brandon Baker, Caleb Caraway, Caleb Degan, Kent Dinh, Mary Wilkes Dunavant, Cooper Dye, Lilly Graham, Lauren Miller, Ruby Nahmais, Sarah Palmer, Kennise Wilkins and Adam Williams in fourth grade; and Melina Anastassatos, Abigail Arnold, Avery Barber, Ava Evans, Harrison Keller, Michael Owen Lopez, Robert Rainer and Charlie Shackelford in fifth grade.

About Bodine School

Based in Germantown, Tenn., Bodine School provides an independent, educational experience that allows the dyslexic mind to thrive through a challenging and thought-provoking curriculum. The school’s mission is to lead the Mid-South in teaching children with dyslexia to read and succeed. For more information, visit bodineschool.org.

Paragon Kicks Off New School Year with Memphis Oral School for the Deaf Artwork

Paragon Bank has begun the 2014-2015 school year by displaying artwork from Memphis Oral School for the Deaf students in the lobby of its Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue). Located in Germantown, Memphis Oral School for the Deaf offers education to hearing-impaired children to equip them with a solid education foundation and an equal opportunity to succeed.

“We loved hosting artwork from Memphis Oral School for the Deaf last year, and are thrilled to kick off this year’s installations with a new collection of beautiful artwork,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Paragon. “Each piece represents something special to the student who created it, and that makes it special to us.”

Paragon worked with Ginger Ragan, the school’s Development Associate, and teachers Cyndi Eaton, Susie Harland and Holly Strasberg to display artwork from 12 preschool students, ages three to six years old. The artwork, which will be on display until September 30, features butterflies and was inspired by the school’s tradition of offering each student the chance to release a butterfly during their graduation ceremony. The release of the butterfly symbolizes the student’s progress through their years at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf.

The work was created by Julia Bogard, Aurice Dalal, Lizzie Gray, Isaiah Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Rory Johnson, Collins Kellum, Haley Newman, Madilyn Sims, Martin Wade, Ayleah Wilbanks and Joseph Wright.

About Memphis Oral School for the Deaf

Located in Germantown for more than fifty years, the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf works to empower deaf children all over the Mid-South to listen, learn, and talk. Instead of sign language, the school uses speech and language therapies and audiological services in conjunction with preschool classes to help profoundly deaf and hard-of-hearing children. These techniques help children, ages birth to six, develop the necessary listening and spoken language skills to be a part of a world of sound. For more information, visit mosdkids.org.

Paragon Showcases Westminster Student Artwork During May

Paragon Bank announced that its Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue) is showcasing art from 15 Westminster Academy students during the month of May. The Westminster installation is the eighth student exhibit Paragon has hosted during the 2013-2014 school year.

“We always look forward to seeing the imaginative art the students in our community have created with the help of their art teachers,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Paragon. “We invite everyone in the community to visit our Saddle Creek banking center before the end of May to see all of the creative work by these talented young Westminster students.”

Paragon partnered with Westminster art teachers Tirzah Rhodes and Jocelyn Collins to select and display the assortment of artwork in the bank’s main lobby. This month’s creative pieces include an iris painting, oil pastels and self-portraits. The work was created by Ginny Bratton, Sarah Gentry, Eliana Harris, Elizabeth Ann Hickman, Peter Hale, Eastin Lowther, Aislin McCaulla, Jacob Orellana, Harrison Ray, Sarah Statom and Elizabeth Wilson from the elementary school; and Emilee Barclay, William Berger, Emily Jordan and Cy Leist from the high school.

Paragon Showcases St. Louis Student Artwork in Saddle Creek Banking Center

Paragon National Bank is currently showcasing artwork by students from St. Louis Catholic School for the public to preview at its Saddle Creek location (7600 Poplar Avenue) until April 30. The bank worked with the school’s art teacher, Robin Durden, to select and display artwork by 11 third grade students and ten junior high students. St. Louis is the seventh local school art exhibit that Paragon has hosted during the 2013-2014 school year.

“Showcasing artwork created by gifted, local artists has been such a treat for our company,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Paragon National Bank. “Each year, we continue to be inspired by the talent these exceptional young students have and are thrilled to feature that of St. Louis School during the month of April.”

The third grade student artwork that’s currently on display features drawings of each student’s stuffed animal from observation. During this project, students learned how to mix new colors and how to layer oil pastels. The junior high students created artwork inspired by Austrian artist and architect, Wundertwasser. The students created a tree with repeated patterns and bright colors, similar to what one would find on Wundertwasser’s paintings and architectural pieces, using watercolor pencils.

The work was created by Finley Carney, Lindsey Crossnine, Anne Grimes, Mary Grimes, Charlie Hately, Melissa O’Neill, Hana Roberts, Mia Soefker, Anna Kate Wade, Ava Wendt and Audrey Zweig in third grade; and Karen Benedict, Sophie Cervetti, Raymond Fracchia, Mason Hall, Garret Knot, William Newsom, Franco Nayan, Anna Sloka and Emily Wilson in junior high. 

Paragon Showcases Farmington Elementary Student Artwork

Paragon National Bank is currently displaying artwork by students at Farmington Elementary School in its Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue) throughout January. Located in Germantown, Farmington Elementary School serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade and is the bank’s fourth student art installation during the 2013-2014 school year.

“We take pride in helping showcase the talent of young artists in our community and believe our customers will enjoy the latest art on display from the Farmington Elementary students,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon.

Paragon worked with Farmington Elementary School art teacher Rebekah Laurenzi to select artwork created by 31 students in fourth and fifth grade. After learning about visual texture and the work of artist Henri Rousseau, the fourth grade students created rainforest animal prints by pressing their designs into foam sheets, rolling printing ink onto the surface and pressing the paper onto the foam.

Fifth grade students made landscape and seascape prints after learning about the famous Japanese printmaker, Hokusai. To make their designs, students cut and glued poster board together to create a landscape or seascape design with foreground, middle ground and background. Then, they rolled printing ink on the surface and pressed the paper onto the designs.

The colorful artwork was created by Emma Adair, Jack Callaway, Carlos Cardenas, Ally Carpenter, Oliver Crowder, Catherine Dely, Haley Huban, Emma Johnson, Christian Johnson, Harshitha Marepally, Rachel Stamey, Sasha Thorne, Hudson Tollison and Kevin Wang in fourth grade. Participating fifth grade students included Lea Ashford, Avery Carrico, Bella DePriest, Emily Easley, Lauren Edwards, Lily Jewel Foyle, Riley Goff, Carson Goold, Jacob Hall, Avery McDowell, Joseph Park, Sara Perkins, Michael Powell, Marjorie Ann Templeton, Kate Wiggins, Harrison Wilkes and Mina Ziai.

Paragon Showcases Evangelical Christian School Student Artwork

Paragon National Bank is currently displaying several art pieces from students at the Evangelical Christian School (ECS) Forest Hill campus. The artwork will be featured in Paragon’s Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue) throughout the month of November. With locations in Germantown, Cordova and Memphis, ECS serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade and is the third student art installation Paragon has hosted during the 2013-2014 school year.

“We’re excited to showcase artwork from the Evangelical Christian School students in our Saddle Creek lobby,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Paragon National Bank. “This is the second consecutive year Paragon has hosted monthly student art exhibits and we really enjoy giving students the opportunity to have their work on public display.”

Paragon worked with ECS art teacher Anne Smith to select and display artwork created by 28 students in the first grade and 14 students in the fifth grade. The first grade students’ artwork was inspired by Shel Silverstein’s book “The Giving Tree” and Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser served as the influence for the fifth grade students.

The artwork from the first grade was created by William Bauer, Ava Becker, Hallie Brown, Carrington Clay, Sarah Grace Clinton, Lucas Cox, Lily Curtright, Addy Davis, Josie Davis, Whit Dean, Grant Evans, Joseph Hamilton, Lily Higginbotham, Lucy Holton, Ava Howell, JoJo Lei, Emily McAdams, Lily Brooks O’Briant, Campbell Pallera, Elaine Parker, Kade Reavis, Natalie Regel, Nash Rendall, Bella Da Silva, Sarah Bonner Sink, Rachel Slater, Emma Tetleton and Claire Todd.

Participating fifth graders include Breanna Coleman, Lindsey Davis, Ashley Galloway, Heather Galloway, Luke Harris, Becca Ikle, Anna Grace King, Kanny Kumtor, Sarah Liles, Matthew Lindsey, Warner McCrary, Ethan Perkins, Eli Sherwood and Kinsey Wilson.