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Exhibit for the young at art

Museum displays county studentsâEUR(TM) works

Museum displays county studentsâEUR(TM) works

April 18, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A black-and-white cutout of a woman stared back at 8-year-old Kelsey Winters as the third-grader admired the artwork of some Boonsboro High School students Sunday.

In a room jammed with art, the cutout stood out, Winters said.

The Emma K. Doub third-grader, who likes realistic-looking art, said it might even look good in her room.

"I don't know. It's too wild. My parents probably wouldn't let me," Winters said.

Hundreds of people, including Winters and her mother, turned out for a reception to admire work showcased in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts' annual Public School Art Exhibition.

According to the museum's Web site, the exhibit, which runs through May 29, features hundreds of works from students in the county's 40 public schools.

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Proud parents, grandparents and friends snapped pictures as students posed next to their works Sunday.

John Bryan, the father of a first-grader whose picture of concentric circles was part of the display, said he was most impressed with some of the high school student drawings.

"It's hard to believe high school kids did something like that," Bryan said.

Darian Bryan, 6, was transfixed by a little copper-wire bicycle. Student renditions of Mona Lisa's smile and Edvard Munch's "The Scream" captured others' attention.

Self-portraits, mosaics of animals and geometric designs hung from the walls and folding screens throughout the exhibit. Pinch pots, ceramic bowls and papier-mch cats filled the space.

"There's some enormously talented students in Washington County, and you see it at every level," said Debbie Geis, art teacher at Maugansville and Conococheague elementary schools.

Outside, cars jammed the lots and lawns around the museum, as families enjoyed Sunday's balmy weather.

A display featuring a box of new crayons and a pink book bag bursting with silk flowers and colored pencils greeted visitors to the museum.

According to a counter on one of the museum's doors, more than 900 people streamed through the front entrance by about 3:45 p.m. Many more opted to go through the exits, and artwork viewers stood shoulder to shoulder throughout much of the two-hour event.

According to Geis, teachers choose the best work of their classes for the exhibit. It's no easy task, she and colleagues said.

"I'd like to have all my kids in the art show," Clear Spring Elementary School art teacher Priscilla Howard said.

"I want to have the whole museum next year," she joked.

Shauntelle Kane, 17, said her work was displayed in the show when she was younger. Her photography made the cut this year.

"It's relaxing, and there's endless possibilities of what you can take pictures of, and how you can arrange objects," said Kane, a South Hagerstown High School senior. A digital camera dangled from her wrist.

Justine Wallace, 9, said she thinks the work in the exhibit is amazing.

"I like that some people can be really good at it, and it looks like it's real."

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