By Melissa Fili
MethuenLife Writer

It was an impactful lesson for the eyes, the ears and the heart.

Local artist Rob Surette brought his incredible “Amazing Hero Art” show back to Comprehensive Grammar School last month, where his massive, speed-lightning portraits and his message both moved and inspired Upper School students and staff. In a darkened auditorium, Surette’s nonstop hands whipped up images of Albert Einstein, Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa while – beside his easel – a video highlighting kindness, patriotism, technology and imagination played on a movie screen. Surrette’s show and his talent have been seen worldwide, thanks to his in-person performances, national TV appearances and the Internet. Bright, often neon paints on black canvas is his signature style.

Surette left audiences with this message: “Your energy and attitude can change the world … Keep being awesome – the world needs you!”

Many teachers wiped away tears and students gave thumbs-up in reaction to the performance as they exited the auditorium.

“I feel inspired to do something good,” smiled seventh-grader Marco Mancini.

“If you see someone in need, help them,” chimed in Luca Finocchiaro.

“The message I got was to chase your dreams,” said seventh-grader Elias Nakhoul. “I want to start my own electrical engineering company.”

The performance was made possible by the CGS PTO and the Methuen Cultural Council.

CGS is obviously a big fan of Surette as – thanks to previous visits – many of his signature portraits line the walls of the two-story cafeteria, looking down on school members each day.

Learn more about Surette and his work at amazingheroart.com.