Eight Huntington High School student-artists are currently exhibiting work at the Huntington Arts Council’s High Arts Showcase XIII at the Main Street Petite Gallery in the village.
An opening reception is set for this Friday, April 7 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit, which will run through April 22, showcases the work of several dozen gifted junior and senior artists from six Long Island school districts that participate in the Huntington Arts Council’s Journey program, “which fosters the appreciation of cultural diversity through the arts.”
The Huntington High School student-artists chosen to display their work include:
• Eleana Canas: La Reina de Flores – mixed media sculpture; teacher Kim Valerio
• Chloe Liepa: Metal Textiles – wire and medal; teacher Kim Valerio
• Melissa Torres: Nature Within – watercolor/digital illustration; teacher Kasmira Mohanty
• Bradley Landberg: All Eyes on Me – digital college; teacher Kasmira Mohanty
• Claire Hannon: Untitled – pencil portrait; teacher Kristin Singer/Alison Hagedorn
• Sonia Chemerisov: Untitled – charcoal portrait; teacher Kristin Singer/Alison Hagedorn
• Ruth Geneus: Mardnie – photograph; teacher Pamela Piffard-Williams
• Rudi Fasolino: Mariano Album Art – photograph; Pamela Piffard-Williams
“The artwork of Huntington students continues to turn heads in so many venues,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “The artistic talent and passion at the high school among students and staff are simply unmatched. Thank you to the Huntington Arts Council for providing the opportunity for our incredible students to exhibit their work locally. I encourage all to plan a visit to the High Arts Showcase XIII exhibit this month. You’ll be beyond impressed with what you see!”
The eight Huntington students with pieces on display in the showcase are joined by top artists from the Commack, Harborfields, Northport-East Northport, South Huntington and Plainview-Old Bethpage school districts.
Longtime community artist Bill Grabowski, the parent of two Huntington High School graduates will present Awards of Excellence during the opening reception. A multi-medium artist and elementary art educator, he strives to creatively blend past traditions with new and evolving technologies and feels strongly that the arts should link with the community.”
In recognition of National Poetry Month, Friday night’s reception will include two original poetry readings, including on by Huntington senior Jesse Stickell. A prolific writer of short stories and poems, he is an editor of Et Cetera, the high school’s annual literary magazine.
“The Journey program, which was founded in 1985 is a multicultural arts-in-education program established to foster the appreciation of cultural diversity through the arts and integrating cultural arts into classroom curriculum,” said Marc Courtade, executive director of the Huntington Arts Council. “The High Arts Showcase is just one of the many components of the program. We are always so thrilled to be able to provide student artists the opportunity to show their work in a gallery setting. It is inspiring to see such a high level and depth of talent in young adults. Our gallery is open to everyone and I encourage you to stop by and see first-hand how exceptional the work is.”
Located at 213 Main Street in Huntington village, the Main Street Petite Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free.