By Stephen E. Lipken
A Special Reception was held at the Pelham Art Center (PAC) on Thursday, April 12, featuring innovative artwork in multiple media of High School students from Bronxville High School; Dobbs Ferry HS; Fordham Preparatory School; Mamaroneck HS; Mount Vernon HS; New Rochelle HS (NRHS); Pelham Memorial High School (PMHS) and Scarsdale High School.
“There is a total of 122 students, which is pretty impressive,” PAC Gallery Manager Anki King noted. “The most outstanding thing about the show is the quality of the work. A lot of it is beautifully framed, plus photography and an incredible variety of mediums, such as sculptures, ceramics, mixed media, watercolors, scratch board, collage, oil and acrylic paintings; a fantastic array of artwork.”
Describing her marker and ink picture Melancholy featuring a prominent skeleton, PHMS student Zoe Casey said that it was a prompt that she had initially in art class. “They wanted us to do ‘Inside and Outside.’ I kind of loved a surreal concept so I thought, ‘What if I did the literal inside of a person and also the inside of their mind? Coming out of that skeleton are bittersweet memories that become sad in the end.”
Commenting on her graphite on paper rendition, Leaving it Behind, with a figure walking away from a knight in shining armor, NRHS pupil Annie Hessel noted that the armor represents a metaphor for emotional walls. “He is looking at the suit of armor and thinking, ‘Should I be wearing it?’”
“One of my favorite parts of this evening was speaking to the students and having them talk to me about their work and explain what the materials were and their ideas behind it,” new PAC Executive Director Charlotte Mouquin stated. “It is so exciting for me to see young people interested in the arts…who might want to come back to PAC in their future once they are in college and beyond.”