Thursday March 21, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Student Art Month High School Art Shows at Equilibrium, 14 Elm St., and Vermont Artisans & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., will continue to be on view until March 31.

Three judges reviewed works and selected pieces for Best in Show Awards and Special Commendation Certificates in nine categories: painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, digital photography, photography, ceramics, sculpture and digital photography books.

Susan Rosano coordinated the judging of the shows along with Kathleen DeMeo and Daniel Kornguth.

This year, the Arts Council of Windham County is inviting visitors to share their views about the shows by filling out a ballot to indicate which pieces of the nine categories in the shows they would select for Best in Show and for Special Commendation awards. Ballots are available at Equilibrium through March 31 and at Vermont Artisans & Gallery 2 through April 1.

Honored artists include:

Brattleboro Union High School

Best in Show Awards: Painting -- Ali Fielding; Digital Photography Book -- Rachel Adams. Special Commendation Certificates: Paintings -- Elizabeth Martyn; Digital Arts -- Jessica Ortlieb, and Greg Dissilva; Ceramics -- Jessica Kane and Danielle Looman; Digital Photography Book -- Jessica Ortlieb

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Union High School

Special Commendation Certificates: Drawing -- Kaitlynn Pratt and Alex Harris

The Compass School

Best in Show: Drawing -- Rachel Cote.


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Special Commendation Certificates: Drawing -- Serena Pellerin; Digital Arts -- Rachael Cote; Sculpture -- Serena Pellerin.

Insight Photography

Special Commendation: Digital Photography -- Jonah S., Ivy K. and Katie S.

Leland & Gray High School

Special Commendation: Painting -- Keltsey Rushton; Mixed Media -- Chris Carlson

The Putney School

Four Best in Show Awards: Printing -- Kanya Abe; Ceramics -- Kitt Langdell; Photography -- Lee Martin; Sculpture -- Sam Talmadge. Special Commendation Certificates: Printing -- Ethan Roos, Anu Sebstad, Stella Jordan; Drawing -- Nina Whittler; Sculpture -- Alec Ray, Dalton Burrows

Twin Valley High School

Special Commendation Certificates: Mixed Media -- Jordan LaBonte and Dylan Betit

Vermont Academy

Best in Show Awards: Mixed Media -- Jo Sun; Digital Arts -- Salty Pennington-Fitzgerald; Ceramics -- Tao Dong

Gary Blomgren Awards

This year we added a special awards category in honor of Gary Blomgren, beloved BUHS art teacher, who died last year. The Gary Blomgren Award was presented by his wife, Patti Blomgren, to the following artists whose works were chosen for excellence in three categories: 1) Illustrative, Black and White Drawings 2) Printmaking and 3) Realistic Painting. Awardees were BUHS student Elizabeth Martyn for her realistic painting #4 "Angel"; Putney School student Ethan Roos for Printmaking; and Putney School student Nina Whittler for Black and White Drawing.

The Arts Council of Windham County has sponsored Student Art Month since 1980. For the past 15 years, Marie L. Procter has been coordinating Student Art Month which features an annual art show of works by Windham County public and private high schools, home studios and an exhibit of works by elementary school aged students at Brooks Memorial Library and in store fronts and libraries and schools throughout the county. This year 12 teachers representing 14 schools and homeschool students participated in Student Art Month.

Sincere thanks and appreciation are extended to committee members Susan Rosano and Kelly Urch for help in planning and organizing the show, volunteers Michelle Mahin, John Dimick, Kelly Urch and Jake Alan for hanging the 2-D show at Equilibrium, and to Greg Worden for setting up the 3-D show at Vermont Artisans & Gallery 2.

Thanks to The Grammar School teacher William Chambers, homeschool teacher Michelle Wright and Arts Council Board Member John Dimick. ACWC is also appreciative to Jake Alan for his graphic art design for the Student Art Month posters and show cards; to Nancy Burgess for designing the award certificates; and to Jeff Martin for transporting the boards for the exhibit at Brooks Memorial Library. ACWC also wants to thank Jerry Carbone, librarian director, and the staff at the Library for hosting the show again this year.

The shows at Equilibrium and Vermont Artisans & Gallery 2 and at the Brooks Memorial Library continue through March 30.

Student Art Month is supported by grants of funds, space and time from the Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association, printing by C&S Print Shop, Zephyr Designs for contributing to the Best in Show award certificates, and Vermont Artisans & Gallery 2.

For more information about Student Art Month, call 802-254-2115.