February 2, 2014 -- The Sea Cliff Arts Council hosted an artists' reception this past Wednesday evening at the Sea Cliff Main Library for North Shore High School's Independent Projects in Art (IPA) students.
North Shore High School art teacher Elissa Theiss described IPA as "a self directed program" in which each senior artist works on a year-long concentration of art, based around a chosen idea or theme. The 12 students whose works are on display at the library have been mentored by Ms. Theiss and fellow art teacher Sara Black. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs and mixed media pieces.
For her theme, artist Kira Martin, whose work "Watch Your Step" is included in the exhibit, chose to focus on perspectives, interesting angles and unusual vantage points. The painting offers an oblique view of a room through an open door. (see slide show to the right)
Ms. Martin said the IPA program "is a great way to spend your time - either to express yourself or for developing your portfolio for college."
Jessie Miller's "Oh Sweet Nightingale", includes a photograph of the artist posing as Cinderella in a crepe silk satin dress (that she made herself), glued onto the canvas with a painted background from the animated feature. Ms. Miller explained that she "wanted to create a dress inspired by Cinderella's famous blue dress to show what it might actually look like in the 21st century." The work is one of several in Ms. Miller's area of concentration that is a modern make-over of an original Disney Princess.
For Unknown Numero Uno, artist Gabriella Gartner created a stencil of a fly, and spray painted the image onto a canvas on which had been painted a honeycomb. She explained in the description that she was inspired by the quote "you can catch more flies with honey."
Other works displayed include: Natalia Pardo's "The Three Little Pigs"; Alex Eigo's "When I Look Into The Sky, I Know This Is Why I Am Alive"; Farah Dimsuyu's "Inside Out"; Samara Goldstein's "Drawn In Its Element"; Sam Riccardo's "I Recal Central Park In Fall"; Emily Cooke's "The Current Of Our Subconscious"; Kate Nizich's "Into The Unknown"; Gabriella Gartner's "Unknown Numero Uno"; Dana DiGiovanni's "Hand On Cup vs. Cup On Hand"; and Caroline Higgin's "Anyone Need A Pencil?"
The exhibit and reception were organized by Kathleen DiResta of the Sea Cliff Arts Council and the DiResta Collective on Sea Cliff Avenue.
The IPA works will be on display through February 28. Village Trustee Ed Leiberman, who attended the reception, commented "Great Art! It's worth the trip to the Sea Cliff Library."
To learn more about Sea Cliff Arts Council, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 671-5895.
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