Exhibit is students' pet project

January 17, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? Imagine trying to paint a portrait of your pet.

"Hold still, kitty. I need to get the detail of your eyes. Kitty. Come back!!!"

Smartly, student artists at Chambersburg Area Senior High School created their animal portraits from photos. Their work will be on display in "True Companions: Student Perspectives," starting Friday at the Council for the Arts' gallery in downtown Chambersburg.

This is the third year the gallery has shown the work of student artists at the high school. The first show had a winter theme and 2007's show featured architectural watercolors, said art teacher David Martin.

"We wanted to have a show during IceFest that would feature the students' work," said Anne Finucane, gallery coordinator for the Council for the Arts. Finucane said some people are surprised at just how technically proficient students are.


Holly Rothrock, 18, a senior at the Chambersburg high school, created an acrylic painting of her golden retriever, Alex, for this year's show.

"I think it's a really good way to get your art shown," Rothrock said. "(N)ot a lot of people get that opportunity."

She said the students price their own works. "A lot of students like to keep their art so they can take it home," she said, "so they price it really, really high."

Rothrock said she usually prices her work reasonably. If it gets sold, she has extra money. If not, she gets to take the piece home.

This year's show has a new component, a supply drive for Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, which serves the Chambersburg area. Gallery officials are encouraging patrons to drop supplies off at the animal shelter.

The shelter needs liquid laundry detergent and bleach, collars for dogs and cats, leashes for dogs, Purina dry food for kittens and puppies, tall kitchen trash bags, 55-gallon trash bags, and Canon S35 toner cartridges for the photocopier, said Jennifer Vanderau, director of communications for the shelter. The shelter also accepts monetary donations.

Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter is at 2325 Country Road, just outside Chambersburg. For directions, call 717-263-5791.

The "True Companions" show will exhibit 17 works by artists from Martin's portfolio class. The student artists are: Rothrock, Heather Barnhart, Justin Bettis, Minzhi Chen, Courtney Colley, Ben Ellis, Ben Jones, Dylan Naugle, Kelsey Rachilla, Sarah Bietsch, Rachel Hess, Lauren Leon, Matthew Ryan and Kristee Sherman.

If you go ...

WHAT: "True Companions: Student Perspectives" features animal portraits by Chambersburg Area Senior High School students. The gallery also is holding a supply-collecting drive for Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.

WHEN: The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 18, and will be up through Saturday, Feb. 9. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Council for the Arts, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Free admission. The art is for sale.

MORE: A meet-the-artists reception will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

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