Arts Explosion: Student Art Gallery
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 24th, 2012
I have always wanted to be an master visual artist: someone who could just whip out a brush and paint something so perfectly it would look like a photograph. On many occasions, usually in the middle of math class, I have focused intently on my teacher and tried it out, working to create a beautiful, life-like portrait in the margins of my Geometry vocab handout. How hard can it be, I reasoned, when all you have to do (in theory) is copy down exactly what you see? The results were none too pleasing, however. My desk-mate saw my sketch and asked me why I was drawing a pile of manure. I was not.
I may not be a visual artist, but rest assured that there are people skilled in the magic of drawing, painting, and sculpting. All of this work is assembled in Kellner for the mid-year student art show, which opened at recess on February 16th. The art will stay out for a while (just not the free cookies.) As soon as I walked into the building, I was immediately overcome by the colors and beauty of the showcase. The scene is bursting with so many hues that you can barely contain yourself. There are painting, drawings, sketches, sculptures, panels, photographs and more placed around Pieh Commons and the upper floor of Kellner. In fact, the fifteen-minute opening was hardly enough time to fully appreciate one wall of artwork. Every piece is stunning. Shannon Peter’s (II) advanced drawing picture is of a dog, drawn in colored pencil so well that its yellow/orange fur is so detailed, you can feel it. The dog has a looming sadness in his eyes that demonstrates her skill as an artist. The dark self-portraits of studio art’s Sarah Lew (III) depict her so perfectly I didn’t need to check the name to know to whom they belonged. Kirby Feagan’s (II) work is also amazingly realistic: her color pencil drawings are so haunting you won’t be able to stop seeing the girl cracking the egg or the body being torn apart by its hands.
The photography students also put forth a lovely exhibition of work. “My exam project was to capture a Milton artist,” says Emma City, II, in response to her photograph of Jazmine Alicea (II). She did just that, showing a photograph of the student deep in concentration. Libby Perold and Byron Hutchinson (both Class I), take photos of food with such clarity and color that you’ll wonder how you could have overlooked the brilliant red in a lettuce or the shocking orange of a pepper. H.J. Kim’s photographs caught the attention of several students as well: “They’re mirror images,” notes Julia Xiong (II), “But they look like real places.” This is true of the all the photographs: they capture worlds that seem tangible, but really only exist in the eye of the talented photographer.
Some of the other amazing art displayed was: Senka Joti’s (I) advanced independent art, colorful painting, one of which hides a face within the layers of white, blue, red, and brown, Kate Oldshue’s (III) newspaper picture, Jazmine Alicea’s (II) city picture, with two hawks descending upon it, Victoria Chen’s (I) clock, made of strips laying down side by side, Helena Thatcher’s (III) photograph of an egg, sitting alone on a shiny desk in front of a chair, reflected in the gloss of the table, Skye Russell’s (II) perfect scenery and Gabriella Blake’s (III) photograph of the yellow yoke of in egg, spilt over something that look like human flesh.
Students surrounded the artwork, laughing and pointing, exclaiming and fawning. “That’s so cool,” someone shouted, pointing at a sculpture on the table. “I like this one,” a boy said, sipping his hot chocolate and examining a painting. “I wish I could do that.” One walk into Kellner and you will be blown away. The artwork displays the beauty and wonder of Milton: the fact that so many students can produce such breathtaking art along with keeping up with their studies, classes, plays and performances, sports, and music, and you may all the while never know that the football player sitting beside you is painting something gorgeous. Seeing the art show takes your breath away.
If you haven’t already gone, take some time to check it out. And if you have…go again. Maybe you’ll finally gain the inspiration to perfect that math doodle you were working on.
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