Students show artsy side to community

April 07, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Brittany Flood got an unexpected surprise Sunday afternoon when talking to a couple about her work displayed in the annual Chambersburg Area Senior High School Art Show.

"They wanted to buy a painting I did," Brittany said. "I never thought that would happen."

Brittany, a 17-year-old junior, used watercolors to explore the angles on a yellow Catherine Street house that she now knows the couple owns. Several of her classmates had also chosen to paint that home when sent out on assignment to learn about depth.

The house paintings and other pieces are on display through Sunday at the school district's administration building on Stanley Avenue.

"It's mainly about the seniors and seeing what they did," Brittany said.

Indeed, 14 senior portfolios are among the displays from approximately 60 students. Seniors in two classes developed cohesive portfolios around concentration statements that scrutinize ideas like balance.

The show in previous years was in the cafeteria over two days, but moving it to the board room allowed it to extend to a week, according to art teacher Brian Zoeller.


An average weekend in the past drew about 200 guests, many of whom were students' friends and family, Zoeller said. The school also has a good relationship with the Chambersburg Council for the Arts, so many of the council's artists visit the show to support the teenagers, he said.

This year, several students opted to use canvases that are as big as a person. Those are propped along one wall of the room.

Across the room, along another wall, are three-dimensional architectural models and clay work.

"It's just a chance for them to take all the work they've done through the year and show it," Zoeller said. The variety comes from students being permitted to experiment with mediums and styles they prefer, he said.

Liz Rosenberry said her favorite form of expression is through colored pencils, but she also expressed pride regarding a charcoal face looking at guests from a blue background. That piece took the aspiring art teacher two to three weeks to complete.

"I think I just made a funny face in the mirror and went with it," said Liz, 16.

Brittany, who also wants to study art in college, counted her father as her artistic inspiration, while Liz pointed to mimicking her brother's drawings and cartoons as her early start.

If you go ...

What: Chambersburg Area Senior High School Art Show

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Sunday, April 13

Where: Administration Building, 435 Stanley Ave., Chambersburg, Pa.

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