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Washington County student art show has 'isms' for everyone

More than 1,100 works are on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

May 12, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Cheryl Titus, left, and her daughter, Isabel Forsman, look over artwork created by Washington County students during a reception at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

More than 500 people wandered past the artworks of hundreds of Washington County middle and high school students during a reception Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, taking in works such as “Golden Eyes” and “This is Not the Death Star.”

Those were two of the three first-place winners in the exhibit, which featured more than 1,100 works by county secondary students. A clay and acrylic bust, “Golden Eyes” was submitted by Nahja Collins and the orb-like clay “Death Star” by Jenna Baker, both students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

The other top prize went to an untitled charcoal of a woman by Katie Lively, a senior at Boonsboro High School.

They and the other prize winners will be honored at a ceremony at the museum at 6 p.m. Wednesday, said Don Viar, the school system’s curriculum instructional specialist for visual arts. The earlier elementary school exhibit drew about 2,700 people in eight days, including 1,100 at that exhibit’s reception, he said.

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The exhibit of secondary art runs through May 26.

The works came in a variety of genres, including realism, impressionism, surrealism and several other "isms." Students used a range of media, such as pen and ink, oils, acrylics, charcoal and sculptures.

McKade Shives and Lakelyn Easterday created a 3-D man and a woman made of transparent packing tape, said Josh Edwards, an art and photography teacher at Clear Spring High School.

Colleen Moulton, a North Hagerstown High School student, did for a cup of Starbucks what Andy Warhol did for a can of Campbell’s soup.

“Fun at the Ox Roast,” an oil pastel by Corey Householder, depicted an evening — and the mood — he experienced at an event, with himself and relatives rendered in caricature.

A street scene by Householder — Washington Street in Hagerstown to be specific — earned the Barbara Ingram student second place in two-dimensional art.

“You can go to any high school or middle school, and find something that is top-notch,” said Rob Hovermale, the supervisor for visual and performing arts for the school system.

“It’s real-world learning,” Hovermale said of the arts and the work of the students. “The arts are critical to everything being taught today.”

The annual student exhibit goes back about 80 years, Viar said.

“You’d be amazed how many adults I run into who had a piece in the art show,” Viar said. “It really goes back a long way.”

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