‘Art Under 20? opens Friday at WCA

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The 12th annual “Art Under 20″ exhibit of student art opens this Friday with a 4 to 7 p.m. reception at the Willits Center for the Arts.

Willits High School and Willits Charter School students have created skilled, powerful artwork for the exhibit. They also helped publicize the show, wrote artists’ statements, hung the exhibit, and are making finger foods for the reception.

Carolyn Bakewell, chairwoman of the Visual Performing Arts Department at Willits High School, in collaboration with Willits Charter School Fine Arts instructors Sheri Howe and Ann Maglinte, have curated the exhibition.

“We are pleased to present our talented young-adult artists to the community,” says Bakewell. “For many, this will be the first public showing of their work.”

Among the students whose art will grace the exhibit are Ariel Gruskey-Foley, Ian Sophie, Devina Cash and Terra Cantewell. The work of all four students was chosen to appear on posters publicizing the exhibit.

Creator of the watercolor “Koi,” Ariel is a ninth-grader at Willits Charter School who has enjoyed making art since she was very young. Before attending WCS Ariel had not attended a formal art class; she was mostly self-motivated. Watercolor is her favorite medium.

“Koi” was inspired by a class assignment in “Movement,” she says, adding her “biggest challenges in painting it were the placement of the elements, the water rings and the proportion of the tail.”

“Deciding what

to paint” is usually her biggest challenge, she says. After that “it’s all easy and fun.”

Ariel’s other interests include cooking, science, English and competing in gymnastics as a member of the Mendocino Starz team. She plans to continue to do art and is “super-excited to have her art on the poster.”

Ian Sophie’s Prismacolor drawing, “In My Own Little World,” also was selected for one of the exhibit’s posters.

Ian is a 10th-grader at Willits Charter School, and has been doing art for as long as she can remember.

“‘In My Own Little World’ was inspired by a self-portrait assignment that focused on creating ‘content’ a story to portray the emotional, spiritual, intellectual etc. aspects of oneself,” she explains. “Drawing realistically and getting everything ‘perfect’ were [my] biggest challenges with this piece.”

Prismacolor colored pencils are Ian’s favorite medium.

She plans to attend an art college to continue to study visual art and dance.

In addition to art, Ian also loves to read, listen to and play music, as well as study math and science.

And she “loves seeing her art on a poster!”

This year’s exhibit also will include fine woodwork from Steve Kesling’s WHS class.

The Willits High School Jazz Band and Bell Choir, under the direction of Stan Dunst; and the Mendocino College Vocal Ensemble, directed by Don Willis, will perform for the reception. Sofia Nordin will play violin and Sandy Metzler’s dance class is expected to perform.

“Last year’s show was a wonderful experience for students who exhibited their work and performed for the opening reception,” says Howe, “and for family and friends who visited the show.”

The exhibit runs from April 1 through April 24. The Willits Center for the Arts is located at 71 East Commercial Street. The gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.

Information: Bakewell, 459-7700, ext. 1533 (WHS), or 459-6769 (home).

Article source: http://www.willitsnews.com/ci_17734834

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