GOLD COAST LIBRARY HOSTS ANNUAL NORTH SHORE HS ARTS RECEPTION
On Sunday February 23, the Gold Coast Library held its annual North Shore High School Arts Reception, culminating a month long exhibit of artwork by students in art teacher Elissa Theiss' 12th Grade A.P. Art and 10th and 11th Grade Drawing and Painting classes.
The exhibit, which was held at the library's annex, was organized by Young Adult Librarian Ashley Birbal. "It’s wonderful to be able to partner with the North Shore Schools and present this amazing exhibit," she said. "Elissa Theiss and her students have been gracious enough to share their talents with our community and the breadth of work these students have created is truly remarkable."
On display was Kira Martin's acrylic painting "Watch Your Step," which recently received an "Award of Excellence" at the Art League of Long Island's Advanced Placement Art Exhibition, "Go APE!" Only 14 of the 165 works in the Art League exhibit received this honor.
The reception for the Middle School Art Exhibit will be on April 1.
Artist: Ryann Feldman
Throughout my development as an artist, I have discovered an interest in hands. Hands not only guide us effortlessly through daily activities, but also represent expressions of emotion. Hands are a mutual language throughout the world, and I have decided to center my focus on them as an art student. Through hands I can develop an understanding of the vast complexities of human emotion.
Artist: Alanis Vulpis
To make this piece, I flipped through various magazines and collected anything with an interesting texture or color that correlated with my idea of creating a self-portrait. I cut the textured parts into small rectangles and formed a background with them. I cut the colored parts into organic shapes so that they’d fit into the form of myself and a dog. By having a background of only strict rectangles and a foreground of organic shapes that fit into the space they were given, I created contrast within my self-portrait.
Artist: Cal Fish
I rely on abstraction and the way paints and inks naturally form patterns to express transcendent feelings that seem absent in realism. The abstraction in most of my pieces is also meant to seem musical. and helps imply the absence of lucidity in the connect between the human mind, nature, and modern reality.
Artist: Nicole Hasbrouck
For my concentration, I have chosen to draw images of my brother doing everyday activities. I chose to depict him doing things such as tying his shoe and eating cereal. These normally wouldn’t be significant activities, but they are all a part of everyday life and serve an important purpose. I chose to draw him from unusual perspectives to show a different way of looking at each activity. The drawing of my sneakers makes them look larger than they actually are because they play an important role in my life. I was inspired to create portraits of my brother because he is very important to me and no one else would let me take so many pictures of them to use as reference images.
Artist: Kira Martin
Unusual vantage points
Capturing an emotion, moment or voice
Celebrating that which is easily overlooked
This is my art at this point in my life, where it is headed I am never quite sure. However, being mindful of these aspects, I believe, gives my art character and provides me with a concentration on which to focus my work.
Artist: Julia Cuite
I chose to draw a teddy bear because it is a reminder of my childhood. Almost every child has a teddy bear, or an object like it, when they are growing up. Even though I have grown up, I wanted to draw it to capture its sentimental value. I also wanted to challenge myself with the detail required to draw the teddy bear.
Artist: Lea Eisenstein
I chose to portray myself biting my nails because I often feel like a nervous wreck. I didn’t feel that there was any object in particular that described me well because I do not really get attached to objects. So, I let my hands speak for themselves.
Artist: Stephanie Cuomo
I selected a Polaroid camera because I love the photos that the Polaroid takes and because I love photography in general. I am always trying to capture the moment through photos although not always with a Polaroid. This camera is also an object that I think is interesting to draw. This object represents me because of my wish to enjoy everything and remember the moments I share with people.
Artist: Alexandra Cefalu
For this drawing, I chose to draw my hands holding a necklace given to me by my grandparents, which is very important to me because they are a huge part of my life. My choice of this object shows how I value family.
Artist: Alaina Van Pak
The pencil really embodies who I am and symbolizes both my artistic and scientific sides. It can also be used to draw and sketch which is a passion of mine. I could spend hours just creating pencil drawings. It is truly something I never get bored of. On the other hand (literally) the pencil can be used for calculations and problems that need to be solved. The shooting stars morphing into ribbon and the word, “unraveled” is meant to represent the two worlds merging together, and that one is connected to the other.
Artist: Jamie Commando
Doritos and I have a special relationship: we grew up together and Doritos have always been there for me. Especially when I’m sad - they always cheer me up. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do like other food, but Doritos are more than just food, they’re like a god through an edible product. Therefore, I felt this was an appropriate object to choose for this project and I wanted to share my love of Doritos with everyone else.
Artist: Marissa Frank
I picked a Relay for Life mug I got in my third year participating in this event. Not only does this mug resemble the hard work that I put into Relay that year to win the mug, (I won it in a fundraiser scavenger hunt), it shows my passion for helping people, which is what Relay is all about! I love doing Relay and I hope this artwork will help promote North Shore’s Relay for Life.
Artist: Toby Donoghue
I picked a plastic baby to draw. The reason that I selected this object is because I have an affinity for babies, especially ones that are creepy. I feel almost obligated to make weird art because everyone has been telling me that I was weird since elementary school. I’m proving them right I guess. I like scissors and I like babies and I like being creepy and I like being weird. The baby represents the haunted and creepy nature of my personality that doesn’t conform to everyone else’s view of what art should be or what people should act like. I put scissors in the background because I like scissors; I like the danger and I like the creepy potential of them. I like creeping out the people that always told me I was weird because it’s who I am and I’m embracing it. So, I don’t really care when people call me creepy anymore because it’s true; it’s who I am.
Artist: Colin Miller
I drew a skateboard. The skateboard represents a lot. I’ve been skateboarding since around sixth grade and everywhere skateboarding has taken me has helped sculpt who I am as a person.
Artist: Andrew Douglas
I selected to draw my dog because she is very special to me and I had her since a young age. This choice represents my love for animals and playing with my dog. I decided to include the background from my reference image because it worked best with my composition.
Artist: Hannah Webb
The object in my drawing is a chain necklace. I drew my hands pulling at it around my neck. This image helps describe me, one: because I just really like this necklace and two: this year has been really stressful and restricting and I fell like it sort of represents that.