Students get artsy with exhibit

April 30, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Students from every Washington County public school will have their artwork on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown through May 27.

During a kickoff reception Sunday, parents said that when the drawings and paintings are displayed at home on their refrigerators, they will be just as proud.

Terry Pearl said her daughter's colored pencil collage will soon be on their rec room wall.

Kelsey Geoffrion, 17, a Boonsboro High School junior, said the multi-colored piece has a drawing of one of her favorite singers, Shirley Manson, in the middle, surrounded by prints of the same picture and is meant to resemble the work of Andy Warhol.

Kelsey's work was one of about 3,000 pieces in this year's art exhibition, said Rob Hovermale, coordinator for visual and performing arts for the school system. Student creations included ceramic pieces, paintings, drawings, masks, digital art and photography. There was even a coat made from duct tape.


Sunday was the second day of the exhibit, and Hovermale said about 2,000 people were expected to attend.

Don Viar, in his 29th year of teaching art at South Hagerstown High School, said students have worked all year on the pieces at the exhibition.

"There's a lot of talent here," he said.

Corey Bryce, 12, a seventh-grader at Smithsburg Middle School, has two items on display. One is a colored pencil drawing with a Halloween theme; for the other, she drew and used watercolors.

"We had to pick a saying," Corey said. "And I liked blues and greens, so I used those, and did splattering so it looked abstract."

By the drawing of an onion, Corey painted the words, "Life is like an onion: You peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you cry."

Corey's art teacher, Stacy Bressler, said there was room for about 130 of her students' pieces at the show.

"I wanted to display more," she said. "But there just wasn't room. I tried to put in as much as I could."

Six-year-old Jack Hatcher's caterpillar was one piece of art selected from Maugansville Elementary School. The kindergartner said he cut out different shapes from construction paper for the grass and sun. Then, he colored in a caterpillar with black, green and pink.

Larry Etter, a Smithsburg Middle School sixth-grader, said he used acrylic paint on brown paper to show an alligator about to bite a frog.

Larry, 11, said he was proud to have his painting on display at the museum.

Ana Solberg, 9, a Boonsboro Elementary School third-grader, said she was proud to have her creation hanging in the museum. She said her class was told to pick a leaf, draw it on paper and write a small passage about the type of tree it came from. Ana also used watercolors for her piece.

Whitney Kisalita, 8, a Hickory Elementary School third-grader, and her brother, Joshua, a fifth-grader, had artwork on display.

Whitney said she used two colors of construction paper to trace leaves.

Zackery El-Mohandes, 10, a Greenbrier Elementary School fourth-grader, drew a postage stamp featuring marshmallow characters.

"The marshmallows are roasting the humans," he said.

His sister, Alexandria El-Mohandes, a Greenbrier second-grader, also had artwork on display.

If you go

What: Washington County Public Schools Art Exhibition

Where: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park in Hagerstown

When: Through May 27. The museum is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

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