Rising Sun Arts Alliance hosts student art show
— More than 80 works of middle school art were on display Saturday all over town hall.
The Rising Sun Arts Alliance, working with Rising Sun Middle School arts teacher Carol Mangano, presented the best in drawing, painting and photography from among the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.
“I put in all the works from the all-county exhibit,” Mangano said, noting the three winners were not represented. “The three winners went to the state level (of competition) and will be on display at the Delaware Art Museum May 17 through 31.”
Rising Sun Arts Alliance offered the Rising Sun Middle School Juried Art Show as part of its Second Saturdays series.
The seventh-grades did still lifes, while the eighthgraders did a two-point perspective drawing, Mangano explained.
“I wanted them to see they could go out and bring something back ... to connect with history and art,” she said.
Darwin Falker’s pencil drawing hung in stark contrast to the colorful paintings close by. However, the eighth-grade student said he enjoyed the simple art form.
“We had to draw from photographs,” he said, explaining his drawing of a homestead in historic Williamsburg, Va., was based on photos Mangano took dur-
ing a recent trip.
Falker said his biggest challenge in drawing the house from the photograph was recreating the short set of front steps.
Seventh-grader Lauren Ruyter said her piece was a combination of one of Mangano’s photos and actual items posed around the photo.
“The hardest part was I had to change the colors to get lighter around the objects,” Ruyter said.
Victoria Jackson had a photograph hanging in the Rising Sun Arts Alliance gallery but showed Shelley Leishear, chairwoman of the alliance, her portfolio of drawings. Most of the work centered around anime, the Japanese graphic art form. Jackson, an eighth-grader, has been drawing since age 2, according to her mom.
“I like drawing and painting,” Jackson said. “But I also like photography.”
Jimmii Phan also enjoys drawing including the cre- ative process.
“I draw whatever comes to mind,” the seventh-grade student said. “I think about a moment, remember something in the past that makes me happy and take inspiration from that.”
Leishear was pleased with the steady flow of people through town hall from 2 to 5 p.m. Winners were announced — three in each grade — by Commissioner Dave Warnick and Mayor Travis Marion.
Marion said it was exciting to see the talent spilling from the school on Pearl Street.
“We can’t wait to see what you’ll do next,” he said. “Rising Sun will be watching.”
The May and June Arts Alliance events will be included in festivals planned for Rising Sun.
Learning to bring the paint close — but not too close — to another object was one of the challenges Lauren Ruyter worked to learn in this piece, which was on display Saturday at Rising Sun Town Hall.
Jimmii Phan, a seventh-grader, was one of 84 student artists whose work was on display Saturday in a show hosted by the Rising Sun Arts Alliance.
Rising Sun Arts Alliance chairwoman Shelley Leishear admires Victoria Jackson’s portfolio.