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Museum hosts first art show for home-schooled students

May 24, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Nine-year-old Skyla Heise saw a piece of scrap metal on the ground one day and thought it looked like a good belly.

And that is how Metal Man was born.

Skyla, of Hagerstown, showed off her scrap-metal sculpture during an art exhibit Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. The museum is hosting the first "Young Artists of the Home Schooling Community" show.

Seventy-four pieces of artwork will be on display through June 21. The exhibit opened Saturday and a reception was held Sunday.

Chris Copley, the guest curator of the exhibit, said that as a parent who home-schooled his children, he pushed to have home-schooled students included in the annual Washington County Public Schools art exhibit, which also is on display now at the museum.

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When that was not allowed, Copley, who also is Lifestyle Editor at The Herald-Mail, began organizing an art show for home-schooled students at a local church. Then, the museum had an opening and offered him the opportunity to display the home-schoolers' art at the museum.

Skyla has two photos and one sculpture in the exhibit, and said she wants to be a photographer when she grows up. Skyla's sisters, Ariona Heise, 5, and Janai Heise, 11, also have artworks on display at the museum.

Three of Jassmine Jack's graphite portraits were selected for the show. Jassmine, 16, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said a lot of her artistic inspiration comes from music.

Her selected portraits are of foreign band members, and Jassmine said she has an interest in doing artwork for album covers.

Jassmine said it takes her about 36 hours to create each portrait. She also does acrylic painting.

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