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Student art show makes history at historic property

April 03, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Art students from Waynesboro Area Senior High School for the first time are publicly showcasing their work through a monthlong exhibit at a historic, three-story house.

One 10th-grader strolling through the exhibit at the Oller House during a reception Sunday said it was "weird" to see her ink wash of a bamboo plant on display.

Steph Kukuchka, who visited the show with family, said she chose to showcase the bamboo piece because she was pleased with the background.

That piece and dozens of others from seven high school art classes will remain on display through April 22 at the 114-year-old house that serves as the Waynesboro Historical Society's headquarters at 138 W. Main St. Regular business hours for the historical society are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

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"There are some really good artists at our high school," said senior Betsy Morningstar, who showcased a pen and ink recreation of a tractor that sits at Waynesboro's Memorial Park.

"It definitely took me a couple of hours to do because it's all done with little dots," Morningstar said.

Morningstar, who is considering an art major in college, has two similar pieces that are slated to appear on a calendar. She has enjoyed art since childhood but credits two classes this year with introducing her to talented student artists who are an "inspiration because they know what they're doing."

"We offer them a lot of different opportunities to be successful," Principal Jon Bilbo said.

Bilbo visited the exhibit Sunday and explained the school has a number of art classes and clubs as well as a dual enrollment program that allows high schoolers to take college classes. The mix allows students "to delve more into their own interests," he said.

Bleu Lane, a sophomore member of the 25- to 30-member high school art club, enjoys working with 3-D mediums and has a papier-mch bust of an eccentric woman on display at the Oller House.

"I wanted her to have a lot of makeup and crazy hair," Lane said.

Lane spent two weeks creating the piece, which entailed gluing hair on the woman and adorning her with Lane's own necklaces.

Lane and other students volunteered time after school to set up the exhibit.

"We're hoping to do it again next year," teacher Karla Rakszawski said. "We have elementary art exhibits, but we didn't have a high school one."

Throughout the year, the two display cases on the second floor of the high school's entrance were the main forum to feature student art until this exhibit.

"It's nice that our art department takes pride and shows what our students can do," Bilbo said.

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