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Art and Education at Millville Woman’s Club

Sandy Smith, Community Outreach Director, Barn Studio of Art.
Millville High students Shameka Romelus and Rhiannon Nash, Barbara Westog, MWC Education Committee.

At the March meeting, members of the Millville Woman’s Club (MWC) enjoyed a presentation by Sandy Smith. director of Community Outreach at the Barn Studio of Art. The Barn Studio is a non-profit organization established to “nurture the study of art and nature throughout the community in a non-competitive, creative, developmentally appropriate and positive atmosphere.”

Pat Witt, a Cumberland County native, accomplished artist and advocate for the Maurice River and Delaware Bay, founded the studio in her home in 1962 and it has remained there.

Smith expounded on the Community Outreach program, which offers workshops that “introduce visual art, classical ballet, classical music, pottery and nature study to groups of young children of diverse backgrounds.” She was very enthusiastic about the program and showed slides of young children on nature walks outside, inside enjoying music, practicing some dance steps and painting. Learning about nature and exploring with colors and shapes “enables students to tap into their creative spirits.”

For information about these Community Outreach workshops and scholarship programs, contact Smith at 856-825-5028 or e-mail


MWC also welcomed two Millville High School (MHS) senior girls and learned about their educational and community activities as well as their plans for the future. Shameka Romelus is a National Honor Society student with a 4.0 GPA. Her studies include Advanced English, Advanced U.S. History, Honors World History, Spanish, Advanced Algebra, Honors Precalculus, AP Physics, AP Statistics, Law Enforcement and Criminal Law. She is active in the school dance program. In addition to receiving Academic Varsity Letters (2020-2022), she has been selected Dance Student of the Month (12/2019), Math Student of the Month (03/2022) and English Student of the Month (11/2019). Shameka has been involved in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) since she was in 6th grade, receiving awards for same 2021-2022.

Shameka is active as a volunteer with the National Youth Service at Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church in Pleasantville where she is also a church leader. She plans to attend a four-year university and possibly major in Criminal Justice.

Rhiannon Nash is an Honor Roll student with focus on AP courses, advanced courses and music. She has received Academic Varsity Letters and has participated in AVID. Rhiannon has been in MHS Chamber Ensemble and is currently in the Concert Chorus, Treble Chorus and Madrigals. In addition to working at Wawa, Rhiannon tutors, babysits and volunteers as a concession worker at Babe Ruth Baseball Fields. Rhiannon plans to attend Rowan College of South Jersey for two years, majoring in mathematics, then continue her studies in mathematics and education to become a math teacher.

Once again, MWC members were impressed by these young ladies and wish them the best as they work to achieve their goals.