Her name is Lillian Brooks, and to prepare for tonight's art show at her elementary school, Lillian wore pink cowboy boots with silver tips on the front to school Wednesday.
At age 7 and in just the second grade, Lillian spoke knowingly of van Gogh.
Not just about the real van Gogh, the Dutch master, but about the replica of a van Gogh she and all the second-graders did at Hunter Street Elementary School.
"This is 'Starry Night' - what van Gogh did," said Lillian. "We did it, too. It is a picture of vivid colors. I can't wait to show it off to my family. Then take it home and hang it on the wall, in the frame.
For hundreds of kids in the school, that's what makes tonight special. Tonight is when every Hunter Street kid who paints a picture - from kindergarten through fourth grade - is a star.
It is a night when many of the kids dress up, bring in their families and show off. The third annual KidsArt Fair.
It is so important to kids and families from a school that is a Title I school, meaning it has more poor kids than not.
It is a show that reveals that dreams are starting right here in the art room - and the finished product gets to come home in a real frame and hang on the wall.
Well, for the kids whose family can somehow find $20.95 for that professional frame to put around the painting in an economy when $20.95 is a luxury.
The first year, parents spent $5,647.53 on the frames around the pictures. Last year they spent $4,262.93.
The frame company gives the school back 20 percent of the money for its art program.
That art program is a one-woman department - Diane Brown, who puts on this show that includes every kid in the school. She takes all the money and buys more paper, more paint, more stuff, for the kids to use and dream with.
"The show is the kids," Brown said. "Every child creates something in this curriculum, where I include social studies and language and integrate it into something special."
"Special" meaning the kids are just bouncing off the walls to show off. Each grade had a topic to paint, from the kindergartners with their tiny handprints, through the fourth-graders with color theory and paper weaving.
On Wednesday, Brown showed off a bunch of the paintings along with a smattering of kids who painted them.
Shelby Wade, Braxton Williams and Benjamin Mills in kindergarten.
Blair Harris, Avery Freeman and Mikenna Smith in the first grade. Mikenna talked all about her cat painting until there were no more words left to show off how proud she was.
That Lillian Brooks in second grade with the pink boots, and Carleigh Jackson and Lacey Bachmann.
Third graders Liza Tolson and Jeremy Steele and Malik Thorne.
Abbey Baxter, Abby Fields and Bailey Tumblin in fourth grade.
They would have told anybody who walked in about what they did - and how excited they were to take the painting home forever in a real frame.
The show is more than a class that some might consider the first to get chopped in lean budget times. Bailey Tumblin, 10 years old and in the fourth grade, put it this way: "I even learned about math in this."
The art show in the school cafeteria will have a hot dog sale and hundreds of little kids dragging their parents and grandparents around to show off.
If the whole idea of elementary school is to prepare kids for life - to dare them to dream big - it sure seems like that is happening at Hunter Street, where it doesn't matter if the school is Title I or not.
And the money from tonight? If Brown the art teacher brings in $5,000 tonight, the 20 percent cut will match all the money she received for the year to buy supplies for her students.
One volunteer at the school, a retired Winthrop professor who assists Hispanic students with English - the same Hispanic part of York County that is the fastest growing group of people here, according to recently released census numbers - paid for all her students to get their framed pictures to take home.
This year in advance sales, in the worst economy in our lifetimes, one parent thought her child's painting, in a frame, so important that she sent in the money in 21 single dollar bills.
The money was sent inside a plastic baggie normally used for a sandwich.
But the money was found, and sent, because a child's painting will last forever in that frame.