County students' art graces museum walls

May 01, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM


A papier-mch pizza slice was displayed alongside colorful paintings.

Ballerinas danced across a canvas next to a drawing of a couple kissing.

The art displayed at Washington County's annual Public School Art Exhibition represented each of the 48 schools in the county, said Rob Hovermale, coordinator for visual and performing arts for the school system. Student creations - including ceramic pieces, paintings, drawings, masks, digital art and photography - will be displayed at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown through May 28.

Sunday was the first day of the exhibit, and Hovermale said more than 2,000 people were expected to attend.

"It's outstanding artwork," he said. "We would have liked to include more, but we're limited as to how much stuff we could put up because of space."

Art teachers decided which pieces to include in the exhibit.

Debby Lesher, a Lincolnshire Elementary School art teacher, said it is difficult to decide every year which pieces to include.


"The quality is unbelievable," she said.

Ashley Fogle, a North Hagerstown High School junior, had one of her drawings displayed in the exhibit. She used colored pencils to draw flowers.

She said she was excited to have some of her art included in the exhibit, and said she enjoys drawing and does mostly landscapes.

"She draws or doodles all of the time," said her mother, Lori Fogle-Plourde.

Heather Collins of Hagerstown said her daughters, both Greenbrier Elementary students, had their art displayed.

Blythe Collins, 10, a fourth-grader, created a multicolored mask from papier-mch. Her sister, Lydia, 7, a second-grader, had a pastel drawing hanging on one of about 50 displays.

"This is great that they support the arts," Heather Collins said.

Don Viar, an art and photography teacher at South Hagerstown High School, said he chose the art displayed at the exhibit based on composition, skill and craftsmanship.

"This is a great show this year," he said. "They did some beautiful stuff."

Viar said he noticed a larger collection of handmade books, filled with drawings, paintings and photographs in the show.

"They make these books from scrap," he said. "The kids are interested in this because of the popularity of scrapbooking."

Dave Walling's daughter, Emma Walling, 13, had a drawing and a painting selected for the exhibit.

Emma, a seventh-grader at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, said she had the most fun with the Asian ink painting. Walling said Emma was explaining to him how she created the piece by crumpling the paper.

Her drawing was a still life of a room. Emma said she enjoys drawing as a hobby, and prefers to draw inanimate things.

Walling said he had only seen the drafts of both of his daughter's pieces.

"I hadn't seen the finished stuff," he said. "They're great."

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