Art students from across the county gathered Friday, March 10, as their work went on exhibit in the first-ever Susquehanna County Student Art Exhibit. The exhibit is currently on display in the Reimel Event Centre, 158 Church St., Montrose.
Nearly 200 artists, teachers, family and friends turned out for the exhibit’s opening night where awards were presented in the various categories, as well as honors for Best in Show and People’s Choice.
Blue Ridge art teacher Sarah Dibble-Camburn said the student-artists gathered prior to the opening to hang the show and a camaraderie began to form as they saw one another’s art pieces.
“A lot of these kids are not honored in the way they should be,” Camburn said. “This is a chance for them to be acknowledged because there is a lot of talent in the room.”
Brandy Stone, Elk Lake art teacher, said the school districts in Maryland where she previously worked had a similar show and was happy to see a Student Art Exhibit begin in this area.
“It’s neat to see what the other schools do,” Stone said.
Montrose Area’s Jen Flaherty agreed. “It is always inspirational to see what other people are doing and find inspiration in what their peers are doing. It’s wonderful.”
For most of the artists, the exhibit provided a first time in having pieces displayed in a gallery. That was true for Montrose 10th grader Noe Cardenas. He earned a first place in the Ceramics category for his piece.
Cardenas said the piece was inspired by a Japanese food pot. In the creation of the piece, he said he studied the history and culture, “and morphed it into my own type of piece.”
Of showing his art publicly for the first time, Cardenas said, “It’s exciting. I really want to just put out art pieces.”
He was also inspired by the work of other artists’ work that was on exhibit. “It shows what
everybody is interested in and how they put their personality into it.”
Susquehanna Community Superintendent Bronson Stone said, “This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase the talented students we have in this county. I am super-impressed by what I’ve seen so far.”
Susquehanna County Commissioners Elizabeth Arnold and Alan Hall presented the awards. Montrose Area High School musicians provided music during the event. Despite the weather, musicians from Montrose Area turned out to provide some student-led performances during the event. Performers included: Sarah Kincer and Lydia Whalen, flute; Lee Sullivan, baritone; Scott Warren, tenor sax; Jonathon Creamer, and Rachael Sherwood, alto sax; Teddy Welch, bari sax; and Glory Rogers, clarinet.
Art awards went to the following (category, name of entry, artist, school):
Best in Show: Soul Mates, Gianna Miranda, Elk Lake.
People’s Choice: Eye of the Tiger, Glory Rogers, Montrose.
Photography: The Armored Garden, Briauna Hauser, Blue Ridge.
Painting: Body Heat, Alanah Proutey, Susquehanna.
Digital Art: Wired, Lily Warner, Elk Lake
Mixed Media: Phoenix Rising, Ariya Yasnovitch, Mountain View.
Fashion: Staple Piece Vest, Isaiah Torres, Blue Ridge.
Drawing: Arabian Nights, Alicia Chen, Forest City.
Paper: Cut Paper Koi, Ariel Brodeur, Mountain View.
Ceramics: Azul, Noe Cardenas, Montrose.
Scratch Board: Pippin, Victoria Fenton, Montrose
Fiber: Felted Monet, Brooklyn Anderson, Mountain View.
Glass: Untitled, Harleigh Homan, Mountain View.