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Student art featured at show

May 10, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Being a good artist sometimes demands desperate measures, as Robby Racedo has realized.

The 14-year-old Northern Middle School student found the scrap wood parts he needed to create his motorcycle.

But what about the wheels?

Racedo had an idea.

He dug out his remote-controlled car and smashed it to get the wheels off.

Racedo's chopper sat on a display stand Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, where hundreds of pieces of student artwork are being exhibited during the County Wide Arts Show designed to showcase the artistic talent of Washington County Public Schools students.

For his class assignment, Racedo was told to use various pieces of scrap wood to make art. Racedo came up with a low-rider-type motorcycle with big handlebars and a piece of fuzz trailing out of the muffler to simulate smoke.

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"This is a total surprise to us," Roberto Racedo said of his son's artistic ability during Sunday's opening reception for the exhibit.

Robby Racedo said he was inspired to create his cycle after his father got his first motorcycle several years ago.

The boy and several of his family members crowded around the creation to study it Sunday.

"It's my Mother's Day present," said Mary Welch of Kensington, Md., who is Robby Racedo's grandmother.

Organizers of the event said the exhibit attracts the biggest crowd to the museum. Its popularity was evident as the Groh Gallery room quickly filled with students and parents after the reception started at 2 p.m.

Toward the end of the reception, museum officials said 1,319 people had attended.

The students' choice of media spanned the spectrum, including digital photographs with layered images, pottery and watercolors.

In "Walking on a Dream II," Smithsburg High School student Liz Craig painted the image of a man in a throwback to the 1960s. In the picture, the long-haired man is wearing sunglasses and is gazing up as he holds a guitar.

Rachel Wollard of Boonsboro High School shot a couple photographs of some busted windows, as well as a railroad line.

Sam Brnilovich, an 11th-grader at Smithsburg High School, painted a brilliant image of a track runner. The runner's eyes are wide open and his arms are flexed as Brnilovich uses yellow, orange, blue and purple hues to convey the moment.

On one table laid a huge pink, high-top tennis shoe, appearing to be made of a plaster-like material.

South Hagerstown High School student Xavier Richardson likes comic books, so he decided to sketch a picture of the Silver Surfer, a Marvel Comics character.

"I really like black and white, so I decided to do another one," said Richardson, pointing to another sketch of a woman, an idea that came to him after seeing an ad in National Geographic magazine. His vertical creation features the woman's image blended with puzzle-type designs.

Elizabeth Wishard, a Pleasant Valley Elementary School teacher who was standing by some of the student works, said the local school system has a strong art curriculum that integrates art with other subject areas.

School officials set up the exhibit, which takes about a week to complete, said museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane.

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