The library at John Pettibone School in New Milford was transformed into an art gallery March 29 with all the pomp of an opening night show.

Featured were grade school students turned accomplished artists.

The art event began this winter. The students started with a selection of projects such as still life, patterns, self-portrait, tissue art, or landscape. Invitations were sent out to families and the artwork was matted, framed, and displayed by art teacher Heidi Fair.

The library was set up as an art gallery with framed and unframed pieces placed on standing racks and hung throughout the room, with a backdrop of classical music.

Custom framing was offered for sale through event sponsor KidsArt Fairs to parents and families of the artists.

"This is a really great turnout," said Pettibone assistant principal Kristine Golden.

Principal Paula Kelleher was on hand to take photos and capture the smiles of students and families.

The program was organized by Ms. Fair and KidsArt Fairs coordinator Michele Close, who is also a New Milford parent.

By evening's close, nearly 100 artworks had been sold, with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit the school's art program.