leaf2014 marks the seventh year that ECS students have participated in a day at the Essex Street Arts Center studio in Buffalo. With this great program, the students experienced plasma cutting and metal art design, and creating metal and stained glass leaves to adorn Simon Griffis’ Tree Sculpture at the Ellicottville Memorial Library.

This unique art project was established in 2007 by The Royal Oak Society, a group of benefactors who donated the tree and who along with the Rotary Foundation for Youth provide an ongoing artistic and educational program that allows the permanent sculpture to grow and change along with the youth of our community.  Every year as a result of their creativity, discovery and development at the Essex Street Arts Center, these ECS students become part of the history of the Ellicottville Memorial Library by hanging their leaf creation on the tree sculpture. Each leaf reflects the students’ personalities as they have researched and chosen a symbol that best represents him or her and then created it in the form of a metal and stained glass leaf.

This year’s leaf hanging was held at the library on June 18 with ECS art teacher Debbie McGowan and the ECS seniors who created the leaves.