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Haley McAveney, Staff Writer

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On Wednesday, May 17, New Milford High School hosted an Art Show. The Art Show gave students in all of the art classes- both basic and advanced- a chance to exhibit the pieces they worked on throughout the year.

Art students in “Explorations in Art”, “Advanced Drawing, Composition and Design”, “Advanced Painting”, “Advanced Placement Studio Art”, “Advanced 3-D Design”, “Advanced Media Arts”, “Advanced Studio Art”, “Advanced Placement 2-D and Drawing” submitted their best sculptures, drawings, and paintings to the show, that lasted all school day and then also held an exhibition that night from 7 pm until 9 pm.

New Milford’s art teachers, Lisette Morel and Lauren Bettini, were very proud of their students and their hard work. Morel told us, “I try really hard to have one piece per student, because I think every student should be highlighted. They’ve been working hard.” Bettini shared her colleague’s excitement for their students’ progress; “We’re going to Bergen County Teen Arts on Friday, and we have about 27 students competing in the county-wide competition!”

We asked Morel and Bettini about the student’s process creating the art show. Morel tells us, “For some of my Explorations students it is an all-year process, because we have to go through what they need to know, what they need to experiment with, and so on. That way, when we have later projects I leave it open to them, and the lesson plan is more about ‘this is what the subject matter or idea is’, but you now choose your medium, because now you’ve used pencils before, you’ve used acrylic paint, you’ve used oil paint, etc. So now they get to choose, more or less, their medium. For my Advanced kids, they’re working more with ideas. I do remind them, ‘don’t forget! We have the art show!’. So they’re thinking about, ‘what would I want in the show?'”

Bettini tells us, “I have about 120 students in my beginner classes, I choose at least one piece from each. Normally their piece takes about two to three weeks to finish, depending on the material and their pace. And then I have some seniors in my advanced classes, or in AP, whose walls are the culmination of the past four years, but we try to put in more recent work.” She tells us that students “critique their own work, they hang their own wall, and they design their own label.”

We talked to some of the student artists about their work and the Art Show in general. Christine Galvez, a senior at New Milford, had six pieces of hers in the art show. When asked if she was excited to be in the Art Show, she replied that she was, because “I didn’t expect to have my own board, so that’s exciting.” About the other artists portraying their works alongside her, she says, “Everyone’s piece is really good. We have our own type of art style, and I think people should appreciate art more — people need art and art needs people!”

Kyra Norman, a junior, had three works up in the show, and tells us that she is “So excited. It’s really cool to have people come around and look at your art, and I like looking at other people’s art, too.” For each of her works, she found inspiration in different places. She explains, “For the black and white one I kinda just picked an aesthetically pleasing picture. For the second one I kinda just tried to incorporate a different variety of patterns and colors, and I mirrored it because I liked the difference between the two sides. For the third one I kinda did like, a french baroque bodice — it’s a little statuette made of cotton. It’s all white, and it has a school bell as a head.” The first two pieces took her about two weeks, and the final one took her about three, but even though it was long and hard work, when we asked Norman whether or not it was fun, her immediate answer was, “Yes!”

Carina Kharmandarian, a junior, had two pieces featured in the Art Show. The first was a painting of a snail. “[F]or the snail I kinda wanted to do an animal, so I looked up an animal which I thought had a lot of colors in pictures so that I could use a lot of different colors, like different shades of purple” she tells us. The second was a sculpture of a car, an assemblage project. When we asked why she wanted to create a car for that assemblage project, she tells us, “I really wanted a car, so I just made what I wanted. But it’s really ridiculous looking, so it’s not an exact replica of what I might want.”

These talented students, and many others, were able to display their year-long hard work to their classmates, friends, family, and faculty. It’s important that we recognize talents beyond athletes and academics. We have a wide range of abilities and skills in our school, and it’s great that New Milford cares about these accomplished students.

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