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Pelham Art Center Exhibits Local Students Artwork

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Pelham Art Center held an opening reception Tuesday night for its weeklong gallery showing of local high school student’s artwork, including those from Pelham Memorial, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and Bronxville.

Forty-eight juniors and seniors who take advanced art classes participated in the exhibit, which began last year and features a variety of the student’s work. Lynn Honeysett, director of the center, said she was glad to expand this year’s program to the three high schools that neighbor Pelham.

“I think we’ve always been about encouraging emerging talent,” said the director of the center, Lynn Honeysett. “So why not reach into our own area and discover talent here locally as well as in the surrounding community.”

Pelham juniors Erika Rosell and Meghan Rubbo jumped at the opportunity to show off their artwork. Both said they have enjoyed art since they were younger and first had classes in it, including taking some at the Pelham Art Center. They also plan on continuing to take art classes throughout the remainder of their education.

“I had several pieces that I wanted to put into this show,” said Rosell, who decided to go with a re-rendering of da Vinci’s Horse because it is interactive.

“You can flip it over,” she said. However, people did not touch the flap to see more of the work because they did not know it was allowed. She used Conté, pencils, charcoal, chalk pastels, graphite and print to complete the work and will be interning in the graphic design department at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation over the summer.  Rubbo’s oil pastel piece was based off of a glass study assignment and she chose the particular glass after “taking pictures of different things and trying to figure out what I should pick” in her house. She has had other pieces featured at the center and said it was always fun to participate in an exhibit.

Gallery manager Laura Koo Nicholas said it was great to see the “different offerings” from the four schools.

“The nature of the work itself was definitely a surprise,” she said. “I think specifically there are these relationships among the works by students and artists who have never met or seen each other’s works before. I thought that was really remarkable. Mount Vernon could be right next to Pelham students – it’s cool.”

The free exhibit will be open until Tuesday, April 24.

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