Manistee Art Institute Student Art Show November 30, 2012

Emily Beeman, Madison Miller Ms. Woolman, Katie Beeman and Sophie Somerville

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Photos by Ken Grabowski/News Advocate
Best in Show Manistee High School student Jonathan Bailey proudly stands next to his drawing tribute to the late MAPS teacher Lee Gramza that earned him the Best in Show award

West Shore Community College Regional High School Art Show highlights future of art; reception Sunday

Posted by Ken Grabowski, Manistee News Advocate

SCOTTVILLE — Manistee High School art student Jonathan Bailey never had a doubt.

When it came to selecting a drawing to enter in the West Shore Community College Regional High School Art Show, Bailey knew exactly what he wanted to submit.  The talented art student created a drawing that will most likely evoke emotion from anyone familiar with Manistee High School.

Bailey’s art teacher Monte Klein agreed that the drawing he did in memory of his late teacher Lee Gramza was the perfect choice. As fate would have it, the show’s juror felt the same way, and it earned Bailey the “Best in Show” award for the 2013 event.

West Shore Community College professor of art Rebecca Mott said the 2013 show ranks up there as one of the best in the 15-year history of it.

“I think it is a good show and the drawing is very strong, which hasn’t always been the case,” said Mott. “I think it was very difficult for the juror to decide among all the good drawings. There is a lot of color in this year’s show and things that stand out.”

Mott said the entries are always distinctive and unique and this year was not any exception to that rule.

“There are always a few pieces that are really surprising and things I haven’t seen before,” said Mott. “They can be really interesting and we always look forward to this show because the students love to see it. We have a lot of students from high school taking classes out here and they are already looking at it and trying to see the artwork. It is a show that we really like to host.”

On Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. there will be a reception at the Manierre Dawson Art Gallery, which is located in the arts and sciences building at WSCC. The show will run at the college until March 23. Gallery hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m on Fridays.

“We have a reception that is open to the public so people can meet the artists and a lot of the teachers come as well,” said Mott.  “I hope everyone comes out to support  the students because it is a big achievement for them and it takes courage to enter their artwork in a show for the first time, so they need the support.”

Sixty-six students from nine schools in the college district will show 77 works of art in 10 categories. Ribbons will be awarded to first and second place in the categories of jewelry, sculpture, pottery, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, video, textiles and mixed media. Students participating in the event are from Brethren, Hart, Ludington, Pentwater, Mason County Central, Manistee Catholic Central, Manistee High, Onekama and Shelby high schools.

“For our area, it is one of the best shows around,” said WSCC professor of art Rebecca Mott. “Some schools have their own, but others in it don’t, so this gives them a chance to be in a show. This year is actually a little smaller in the number of entries and unfortunately that might be because of budget cuts in the  schools.”

Mott said the arts are important at the high school level and are an academic outlet like other subjects. “It helps with creative thinking,” said Mott. “When you think about what employers are looking for, they want people to have creative ability.

“That creativity is something you don’t get in a lot of other classes. Art, music and theater are some of the few areas where you can really be creative.”

The entries they received for the show include a lot of quality pieces of work. She said the focus has changed over the years from a stronger emphasis on painting and sculpture to more digital photography and drawing.

“We have more digital photography and manipulated photographs,” said Mott. “Usually, that has been a real small category where we might have three or four entries, but we have a whole bunch of them this year. I think that is going to be a difficult area to judge this year. Drawing has a lot of entries and mixed media does as well. But there doesn’t seem to be a lot of straight painting and not that much sculpture like in the past.”

Students were given the opportunity take two-dimensional work to the A.M. Gallery in Ludington to get matted with the cost covered by the WSCC Foundation.

“That gives it a professional look,” said Mott. “They then get to keep them after the show.”All the schools in Manistee County except for Bear Lake will have students showing their works.

Manistee High School art teacher Monte Klein has submitted the works of Jonathan Bailey, Victoria Frechette, Kyle Husk, Savannah Kolk, Kristen Loeffler, Petra Probst, Brianna Wallace, Rebecca Barry, Daniela Parazzi and Amber Breusch.

Onekama High School and teacher Dana Woolman will have the works of Kelly Koon, Emily Barnard, Lena Beir, Diego Ponce, Claire Harvey and Alex Barto on display.

Manistee Catholic Central teacher Mary Wahr will the works of Jared Hanson, Blake Vargas, Maria Sidor, Haley Doyle, Hannah Janicki, Robert Russo, Aaron Shively and Alyssa Campbell.

Brethren teacher Amanda Mobley will show the works of Ailie Summers, Kaelee Jacobs, Siarra Lopez, Chole Dudek, Josie Judnic, Olivia Arlt, Haley Wade, Rylee Fleming, Dakota McLeod and Chelsea Stewart.

Brenda Sipe will be serving as the juror of this event. She is a Grand Rapids artist and the director of the youth and adults continuing studies program for Kendall College.

“She just had a show here at the college,” said Mott. “I thought it is nice to have a juror from out of the area who doesn’t have any ties to the community or the schools. With her being at the college, it made it easy to jury this show.”

Sophie Somerville
     On Friday, November 30th, 2012,  Madison Miller, Katie Beeman and myself went tot he Ramsdel to see our art work. The building had beautiful decorations hung up and there was a little snack bar. The three of us looked at all the art hung up.  A short while later we met Sophie Somerville and Ms. Woolman, our art teacher. We took pictures and looked at all of the art. There are a lot of wonderful artists around here!  Anyway, I had a wonderful time going there and I hope to come back again. ~Emily Beeman      On November 30th Emily, Madison, her family and I went to the Art Institute Student Show to see our art. Sophie Sommerville met us there. My art wasn't there but their was. The put up the best art from different schools. Come pieces of art were funny, exciting or depressing. They put out a food table with different varieties. I swear I had five cookies!  We saw our art teacher Ms. Woolman. That's where they got the picture on the top.  I thought it was a great experience and I hope I get my art put up next year. ~Katie Beeman

Madison Miller and her art shown above

Emily Barnard shown with her art display
       On November 30th, 2012, I went to the Manistee Art Institute with Emily Beeman, Katy Beeman and my family.  My friend Sophie met us there. Sophie met us there. Sophie, Emily and I had our paintings in the art show. There were many amazing drawings, sculptures, and paintings in the art show. Some were dark and scary, but others were beautiful and colorful. The drawing of mine that was chosen was a Blind Conture. A Blind Conture is when you look at at object and draw what you see without looking at your paper. My object was myself. I had a really fun time and I can't wait until next year.
~by Madison Miller

The Art Show
Sophie Somerville

      On November 30th I went to the Art Show at the Ramsdel Theater because they were showing one of my art projects. They had art from lots of different schools. It was really fun to be able to look at everyone's work. Some of the art was really good and realistic and some of it was really interesting.  I had a fun time and I enjoyed going.

Emily Beeman and her art display
are shown at the right >




Art Show Photos
by Missy Miller, unless otherwise indicated


Article posted by Ken Grabowski in the Manistee News Advocate

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