Commercial Art students' show work is on display
White Plains Public Library walls offer perfect venue for art show
The art gallery on the second floor of the White Plains Public Library recently underwent a transformation as the bare walls were filled with colorful and unique work done by students in the Commercial Arts program at the Center for Career Services.
“The big thing is it really gets it out there into the community. This is a big step forward with that,” teacher Damian Powers said of his students’ work at the April 1opening reception.
Twenty-seven students submitted art for the show, some choosing more than one piece (of their work) to display. Many of the pieces were enlarged to fill the gallery.
“The space, that is what makes it that much more powerful,” Mr. Powers said.
This past winter students’ work was also part of the Young Artists Exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art. Prior to that public display, students’ work had only been shown in-house at the Valhalla center.
“This is a whole different level,” Mr. Powers said.
Students welcomed guests to the opening, which included food provided by the center’s Culinary Arts students.
Among the guests were several parents who stopped in to see their child’s art.
“Of course, as a parent you love seeing your daughter’s work,” Rasheen Rodgers said.
Journee Rodgers, a senior at New Rochelle High School, said her she wanted to send an anti-bullying message with her piece. She did not want to use the word “bullying,” however, opting for “think positive” instead. She used flowers and bright colors to further convey her message.
“It shows her personality,” Ms. Rodgers said of the piece.
“I think it’s really exciting to show off my work and see it out there,” Journee said of being a part of the show.
“My art mostly focuses on kids,” Stephanie Castaneda, a junior at White Plains High School, said.
Her piece shows a cat in a circle with the artist’s name surrounding it. The piece is colorful and the cat image is repeated throughout.
“It’s actually really exciting. I didn’t think I’d see my art in the library,” Stephanie said, adding she used to visit the library as a child.
Stephanie was at the event with her mom, Maria Japoa.
Guests at the opening had an opportunity to write comments. Among them were “Great work,” “Beautiful!,” and “Best show I’ve ever seen.”
Jake Rooney, a senior at Eastchester High School, said he enjoyed the experience of letting others see his work. He said it took some time to decide which of his pieces to submit for the show. In the end he selected a self-portrait.
“Come on down and see the creations of creativity,” Jake suggested to those who may not be familiar with the Commercial Arts program.
The show, located in the second floor art gallery, will be on display through April 22 at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains.