Young Artists Exhibit
Work displayed in student exhibit
Commercial Art students participate in Young Artists exhibition
There were pieces of all sizes and mediums hung up on the walls at the Katonah Museum of Art. All of the work was done by area high school students, and visitors viewing the work on Feb. 10 were attending the opening reception of the Young Artists exhibition.
“I had a moment of shock,” White Plains High School senior Jeffrey Alvarez said about seeing one of his own pieces on the wall that day.
“I saw someone take a photo of it. That was kind of cool,” Russell Renaldo, a senior at Eastchester High School, said of his piece.
Jeffrey and Russell were among 10 students in Damian Powers’ Commercial Art class who submitted pieces for the exhibit. Joining them were Julian Cambre, Anabelle Guzman, Asia Okane, Axel Herrera, Jada Joyner, Andrew Meija, Journee Rodgers and Jesus Xelo.
“Their artwork is obviously fantastic,” Mr. Powers said of his students’ efforts. “I’m super proud of my students. I think they did a fantastic job.”
This was the first year art students from the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services participated in the annual art show.
The exhibit, now in its 36th year, features works from about 400 students at 40 schools throughout Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam and Fairfield counties.
Mr. Powers and five of his students attended the opening reception.
“They got to see a variety of work that goes on in schools throughout New York,” he said, adding there were about 800 people at the exhibit opening.
Among the work on display were fine art pieces students had done. Mr. Powers said his students do a lot of digital work and the exhibit is an opportunity for them to showcase this newer and rapidly developing field. The museum, he said, was open to including this style of work among more traditional styles.
“I’m so glad I stumbled across this opportunity,” Mr. Powers said of working with KMA.
Alvarez said it only took him a few minutes to narrow down which piece to submit. He selected a graphite drawing of a penguin. He was able to scan and print it out larger for the exhibit.
Russell simply picked his favorite piece, which he had completed in December.
“I was just a little nervous,” he said. “It’s weird having your art displayed.”
Mr. Powers said his students were excited to see their pieces displayed alongside fellow students’ work.
“They realized they were better, or just as good, as any art student,” Mr. Powers said.
The exhibit runs through March 3. The Katonah Museum of Art is located at 134 Jay St., Katonah. For more information visit www.katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555.