Exhibits showcases emerging artists

March 08, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- Amber Cooper, in her element with pencil drawings, decided to explore new territory in the first art show for public school students sponsored by the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

Amber, a senior at North Hagerstown High School, took first place as well as best in show at Momentum: Emerging Artists Moving Forward in Visual Arts.

The awards ceremony was Friday in the university library, where the art entries have been displayed for more than a month.

"First, I found a picture I liked. I did it using black and white paint," she said, noting that she'd never dabbled in the medium before.


But she found she liked the change of pace. Apparently, so did the judges.

"I'm very excited," she said.

Amber, 17, credited her art teacher, Brandy Merchant, calling her an excellent teacher.

"I've taken art every year and am taking three art classes this year," she said.

Other award winners were:

· Hayley Ruppenthal, Hancock High, second place

· Elizabeth Cline, Boonsboro High, third place

· Jessica Woodyard, Williamsport High, honorable mention

· Jeremie Lecuyer, South Hagerstown High, honorable mention

· Christina Berman, South Hagerstown High, honorable mention

All six winners will receive a one-year complimentary membership to the Washington County Arts Council, according to Lindsay Weaver, gallery manager and a judge of the Momentum art show.

"Amber is getting a four-year membership because she is involved in a larger project with us," Weaver said.

Other judges included Michael Maginnis, Caroline Orner and Katie Paul.

"We're as proud of your children as you are," University System of Maryland at Hagerstown Executive Director David Warner said to parents assembled in the university library.

Sandy Gray-Murray, curriculum and instruction specialist in visual arts for Washington County Public Schools, applauded the cooperation between the university and the public schools.

"It's a partnership we hope will grow," Gray-Murray said.

Thirty-two students from eight Washington County schools entered the competition.

The following Washington County high school students entered artwork in the Momentum: Emerging Artists Moving Forward in Visual Arts show sponsored by the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown:

· Boonsboro -- Elizabeth Cline, Kyle Lefer, Kara Subleski and Matt Jardeleza

· Hancock -- Josh Gilhart, Jennifer McSparron and Hayley Ruppenthal

· North Hagerstown -- Amber Cooper and Andrew Farnen

· Smithsburg -- Jenna Mastrouni, Alexandra Slick and Kayla Long

· South Hagerstown -- Jeremie Lecuyer, Christina Berman, Mark Felder, Kimmie Holbrook, Brittany Iseminger, Brook Fornea, Allyson Mandley, Desiree Giffin and Kayla Snodderly

· Washington County Technical High School -- Ronald Fulmer, John White, Nathaniel Smith, Katie Downey, Eric Wilfong and Brandon Blair

· Williamsport -- Jessica Woodyard, Rachel Jernigan, Edward Schubel, Eric Wiles and Brittany Akers

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