Preview: Annual exhibit to cumulate year's work

The Newtonite

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“Art Morning” will exhibit work that photography, ceramics and art students have made this year.

by Leah Budson

Tables and easels throughout the first floor art wing and part of Main Street will overflow with pottery, photographs, paintings and more for “Art Morning,” according to art teacher Shannon Slattery.
Slattery described “Art Morning,” the fine and performing arts department’s major annual art exhibit, as “the culmination of the year’s work.” Food and drinks will also be available at the exhibit, Friday, May 4 from 7 to 9 a.m., according to Slattery.

All art students, including art, ceramics and photography courses, will choose their favorite piece from their work this school year to display, said Slattery. The only exception is that students taking photography minor I will not be showing a piece, “because the beginning students haven’t really developed much yet,” said photography teacher Ron Morris.

Slattery mentioned a few exceptions to the one-piece-per-student rule in that “if we have space, sometimes I’ll pull a second piece, especially if it’s something I particularly like and want to showcase. Also, the seniors in the art program usually have more than one piece.”

Everyone is invited to see the exhibit, according to Slattery.

“I like to encourage teachers to bring down their classes after 9 a.m., while the artwork is still out, to get as many people to see the exhibit as possible,” said Slattery. “A great part of ‘Art Morning’ is that people who haven’t actually taken an art class get a chance to come and see what we do.”

The art-covered halls will provide opportunities for the artist, as well as the viewer, she said. “The best part is for the kids to be able to see their work on display. We spend all this time working throughout the year, and part of the creative process is putting it out there for the public to see and getting people to react.”

Morris’s favorite part of “Art Morning” is seeing the parents. “I see the students all the time, but the parents I rarely get to see. It’s nice to get feedback from the parents, and usually, it’s positive.”

The biggest learning benefit for the students “is that ‘Art Morning’ gives them a chance to see everything and how their work relates to everybody else’s,” he said. “They can see what’s happening in all the other courses.”

Ceramics and art teacher Cindy Massoff said, “‘Art Morning’ is a time for students’ parents or relatives to come visit and to see what wonderful work the students have been doing all year.

“It’s a time where the students can shine.”