By: Ms. Hilary Takiff- Weiss, Guest Contributor
Ms. Murphy, a talented artist as well as a skilled and dedicated teacher, brought a lot to FCS this year and will be sorely missed. Personally passionate about the visual arts, Ms. Murphy has a contagious enthusiasm for her subject matter. She not only drew students in within the classroom, but her influence extended beyond these same walls to bring art to the rest of our community throughout Shallcross, from tape murals that energized stairwells to strong work on display in our gallery from her many classes. She pushes every student to reach their potential, whether taking drawing for the first time or applying to college art programs. Despite being part- time, she also involved herself in the sustainability committee this year and was always willing to help students who stopped by, even if they were not enrolled in one of her courses. We will miss Ms. Murphy sorely next year, but know that our loss is Lehigh University?s gain. She plans to stay connected with FCS, possibly returning as a visiting artist or hosting an FCS- only artist talk for the show she will have at Esther Klein Gallery next year, which I know I am looking forward to attending. Please join me in saying thank you and good luck before we all depart for the summer.