DANSVILLE — Many students in three communities all came together to share their creative vision with the art center.
Dansville ArtWorks held their third annual Student Art Showcase on Jan. 5. The exhibit will run until Jan. 27.
Dansville Central Senior Kaitlyn Monroe has always been interested in ceramics.
“The (art) teacher encouraged all of us to submit our work,” she said. “I like that we are getting our work out there. This is a good experience for all of us to have. We are getting our names out there.”
Dansville Central Junior Emily Pierpont said that she especially proud of her Triptych piece, and that is captures her closest friend, Monroe, perfectly.
“We were told to take three different images that describe someone’s personality and put them together,” she said. “I love photography the most. It is great to have this chance to show the community what we can do, and not just keep it all in the school.”
Monroe said she enjoyed being the subject of the Triptych, and that it captures her very well. Her own work was done out of a unique art form as well.
“Our project was to find a rock the size of our hand, and see what we could make out of it,” she said. “The challenge was using our imagination.”
Pierpont’s friend, Ken Hicks, is an amazing artist as well who has been in the art show before.
“Ken can draw a photo-like image,and was the only one in our school to go to SUNY Fredonia for the summer to take an art class,” she said. “Ken wants to be an art teacher, and is phenomenal in everything he makes.”
Hicks said he has been doing work like this his whole life, and loves doing it very much.
“I love showing what I can do,” he said. “It was so amazing to go to Fredonia over the summer, and I made so many amazing friends. I was allowed to do art for seven hours a day, and it was like paradise.”
Dansville Central Senior Anna Qiu said her entire family is a bunch or artists, and that she enjoys expressing herself through art.
“I have been drawing from a super young age,” she said. “I prefer digital art and watercolor, but I tried doing a self-portrait in charcoal this year. I had a hard time getting used to that, and decided the best way was to rub it in with my hands.”
Qiu said that by doing that technique the image came out more natural.
“My family all inspires one another to be creative,” she said. “I like to take an image from my mind and work from there, and my sister, Angel, likes to work from an image. Creativity is found in all things. What makes creativity is having its own ideas and values.”
Dansville Central Sophomore Anastasiya Vyshnevska said she loves to express herself in the arts. She is from the Ukraine, and has enjoyed immersing herself in a new culture.
“These pieces were my first work after a long break,” she said. “In the spring I plan on doing a couple of Ukrainian Art workshops at (Dansville) ArtWorks. These images I have in the art show are different than my Ukrainian art.”
Vyshnevska said that in the Ukraine students are told to do their artwork at home, and they never do the projects in the classroom.
“The teacher gives us a theme, and we have one week to work on it at home,” she said. “It is amazing to see young artists have an opportunity like this. We never have this in the Ukraine. The art galleries are only for professional artists. I am really grateful you all have a place like this here.”
Vyshnevska is interested in getting more Ukrainian students in Dansville, and other foreign students as well. She wants anyone who is willing to be a host family to reach out to her, so that she can let her friends know in the Ukraine.
Dansville Central Sophomore Kameryn Smith is very proud of her “The Walking Dead” Star Norman Reedus micro-pen drawing.
“I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead, and I got to meet Norman Reedus at the Walker Stalker Con in Philadelphia last October,” she said. “He is very nice, and I got a photo taken with him. I came home and worked on this right away. We were told to pick an actor we admire, and do a portrait of them.”
“My friends are amazed I got to meet him, because he is such a big actor,” Smith continued. “I still have the Tootsie Roll he gave me.”
Dansville ArtWorks Board President Nicole Alioto said there was a lot more art submitted this time around.
“We have a lot of first timers, and some repeats, but there is a lot more variety this year,” she said. “We put out an open call for all the schools in the region. We have Dansville Central, Wellsville High School, and Wayland-Cohocton Central this year. We are really happy that the Dansville Teachers’ Association sponsored us this year.”
Dansville ArtWorks is reaching out to all eligible seniors in the school districts to get the scholarship they offer every year to one lucky student. To apply to the Dansville ArtWorks’ 2018 Student Award visit the website at http://www.dansvilleartworks.com/
The Student Art Show features; Kayla Abbott of Dansville, Abigail Adams, of Dansville, Maddy Akers of Dansville, Destiny Anderson of Wayland-Cohocton, Cierra Bosley of Dansville, Caitlyn Briggs of Wayland-Cohocton, Morgan Burritt of Wayland-Cohocton, Adara Cambier of Wayland-Cohocton, Heather Carswell of Dansville, Cate Cicero of Wayland-Cohocton, Madeline Cottone of Dansville, Makaylah Drum of Wayland-Cohocton, Cody Dudek of Dansville, Madisun Edmond of Dansville, Claire Ferro of Wayland-Cohocton, Molly Fox of Wayland-Cohocton, Jade Freeman of Dansville, Kendall Gallipeau of Dansville, Kristin George of Dansville, Valkyrie Gibson of Dansville, Kloe Goeke of Wayland-Cohocton, Emily Graham of Dansville, Justin Green of Dansville, Baily Halbert of Wayland-Cohocton, Braiden Halbert of Dansville, Grace Hensler of Dansville, Ken Hicks of Dansville, Michelle Jefferson of Dansville, Kaylee Kemp of Wellsville, Ian Koval of Wellsville, Dominic LaPlant of Wayland-Cohocton, Kaitlyn Lowery of Dansville, Neena Markle of Dansville, Nicolle Mason of Dansville, Rose Miller of Dansville, Kaitlyn Monroe of Dansville, Donny Mosko III of Dansville, Skyler Mott of Dansville, Mora Mundt of Dansville, Hayleigh Nadeau of Wayland-Cohocton, Widelys M. Pagan Rosario of Dansville, Emily Pierpont of Dansville, Veronica Plano of Wayland-Cohocton, Anna Qiu of Dansville, Jolin Qiu of Dansville, Ciara Quibell of Dansville, Gabrielle Rettberg of Dansville, Shannon Robinson of Dansville, Donovan Robson of Dansville, Halie Martin of Wayland-Cohocton, Brynn Schiavi of Dansville, Emily Schleyer of Dansville, Kameryn Smith of Dansville, Madison Spencer of Wayland-Cohocton, Gabrielle Stanton of Wayland-Cohocton, Anastasiya Vyshnevska of Ukraine, and Abbey Young of Dansville.
Dansville ArtWorks is located at 153 Main St. It is open Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.