Ris­ing Sun Arts Al­liance hosts stu­dent art show

Cecil Whig - - & - By JANE BELLMYER


— 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.

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