Artistic passion on display

May 22, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Roni Harbert admires some of the art from Washington County Public Schools' middle- and high-schoolers on display Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — For Ryan Tetter, art is a good way to vent.

For Carolyn Snyder, her art is like a diary, expressing her emotions.

For some students, art is just an assignment like other school projects and for others it’s a passion, something they are likely to continue as a hobby or profession.

Ryan, 18, said he hasn’t figured out which medium on which he wants to focus, but he envisions himself continuing art as a hobby.

About to graduate from Boonsboro High, Ryan plans to attend Hagerstown Community College to study graphic and Web design.

His morbid ink drawings are among more than 100 drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphic designs and mixed media on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown’s City Park.

An opening reception for the exhibit, which features the work of Washington County Public Schools’ middle- and high-schoolers, was held Sunday. The exhibit will be up through May 29. The museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

North Hagerstown High freshman Cameron Kenworthy found an image of poppies, her mother Jackie Kenworthy’s favorite flower, and created an acrylic painting of the image. The painting was hung in a gold-colored ornate frame that belonged to her great-grandmother.

Cameron said she sees herself continuing art as a hobby, but she hopes her profession will rely on the written word. She wants to write realistic fiction novels.

Kaitlyn Gruhler, a junior at Smithsburg High, used Photoshop’s clone function to merge two images of her friend, Corey Bryce, that she took during a field trip last semester at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Corey is sitting on a wooden bench in the sculpture garden, with a second, close-up image of Corey in the foreground.

South Hagerstown High junior Katharina Stout had two photos in the exhibit.

One was of a globe she bought at the Mile-Long-Plus yard sale last Fourth of July, shortly after moving to the area from Germany.

The globe represents Katharina’s travels, including to Italy, Turkey and Spain, said Katharina and her aunt, Cheryl Eckard, of Hagerstown.

Boonsboro High senior Carolyn Snyder, 18, and her brother, freshman Sean, showed their art to their parents and grandparents Sunday.

Like many other folks Sunday, Rockville, Md., resident Bud Curtis — Carolyn and Sean’s grandfather — was making sure he got photos of the students’ various works.

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