C-SD’s Rosario wins at artist show­case

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ chrisp_s­tar­dem. Email me at cpolk@star­dem.com.

— Henry Rosario, a grad­u­at­ing se­nior at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School, won first place at the an­nual Mid-Shore Stu­dent Art Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Academy Art Mu­seum in Eas­ton.

The walls at AAM are cov­ered with more than a thou­sand works done by school­child­ren from Tal­bot, Dorch­ester, Caro­line and Queen Anne’s coun­ties in the an­nual Mid-Shore Stu­dent Art Ex­hi­bi­tion from now un­til Sun­day, April 2.

— “I’m blown away by the work I see,” Direc­tor Ben­jamin Si­mons told the crowd as he sur­veyed the gallery walls of the Academy Art Mu­seum (AAM) on Thurs­day, March 16.

The walls at AAM are cov­ered with more than a thou­sand works done by school­child­ren from Tal­bot, Dorch­ester, Caro­line and Queen Anne’s coun­ties in the an­nual Mid-Shore Stu­dent Art Ex­hi­bi­tion from now un­til Sun­day, April 2.

The an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion that show­cases the best of artis­tic tal­ent in area stu­dents from kinder­garten to their se­nior year of high school has been go­ing on for more than 25 years at AAM.

A wide va­ri­ety of medi­ums are fea­tured, in­clud­ing draw­ing, paint­ing in oils, acrylic, tem­pera, and pas­tels; pen and ink; graphite; col­ored pen­cil; print­mak­ing; mod­el­ing in mixed me­dia; ce­ram­ics; photography; and dig­i­tal me­dia, among oth­ers.

Teach­ers chose three “best of the best” works from each of their classes. Pri­mary school grades up to 8th grade were not judged in com­pe­ti­tion, but high school stu­dents were able to win prizes.

Three re­cep­tions were held, and an es­ti­mated more than 1,760 peo­ple vis­ited the gal­leries to see the work of Mid-Shore school­child­ren over the course of those three days.

Among the first place win­ners, Henry Rosario, a grad­u­at­ing se­nior at Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High School, said his paint­ing of the fam­ily ter­rier was meant to be a gift to his mother for Mother’s Day and he had wanted to keep it a se­cret and sur­prise her.

But when his art teacher Christy Ed­wards saw it, she knew it was def­i­nitely “best of the best” and had to go into the show.

“Give him a lit­tle push and he takes off,” Ed­wards said of art stu­dent Rosario.

On Thurs­day evening, Rosario proudly posed with his mother next to the prize-win­ning paint­ing, so the se­cret was out.

Rosario says he has al­ways been artis­tic, and his fa­ther is an art teacher. He said he in­tends to go into so­cial work af­ter grad­u­a­tion, and may be­gin his stud­ies at Delaware Tech­ni­cal Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Other first place win­ners were Jo Wan­ner of Gun­ston Day School and Amy Phan of North Caro­line High School.

Con­stance Del Nero, who is Direc­tor of ArtReach & Com­mu­nity Pro­grams at AAM, or­ga­nizes, di­rects, and serves as judge for the show ev­ery year.

Her team of Amanda Beck, Glenda Daw­son, Doug Fahrman, and Carol Mi­nar­ick help hang the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Prizes for the show were given by Ben Franklin Crafts of Eas­ton who do­nated gift cards and art sup­plies. Spe­cial printed tote bags to hold art sup­plies were do­nated by Bay Im­print in Eas­ton.

Sec­ond place win­ners were Brys­sia Mon­taya of Queen Anne’s County High School; Claire Dowd of Eas­ton High School; and Gabby Lam­beth of Eas­ton High School.

Third place win­ners were An­nika Koehler of the Wye River Up­per School; Faith Berry of North Caro­line High School; Jayke Con­nor of North Dorch­ester High School; and Yasmy Bar­rios Ve­lazquez of Eas­ton High School.

Fourth place win­ners were Mimi San­ford of Sts. Peter and Paul High School; Hai­ley Holte of North Caro­line High School; Syd­ney Kay of Queen Anne’s County High School; and Joseph Keaty of Sts. Peter and Paul High School.

Honor­able men­tions were awarded to He­len Fe­gan of St. Michaels Mid­dle/ High School; Jo Wan­ner of Gun­ston Day School; Drew Trevelyan of St. Michaels Mid­dle/High School; El­iz­a­beth Daven­port of North Dorch­ester High School; Kar­ley Fishell of Sts. Peter and Paul High School; Ju­lia Spurry of St. Michaels Mid­dle/High School; Is­abel Hill of Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School; Matt Gross of Wye River Up­per School; and Shiloh Clark of Gun­ston Day School.

The Mid-Shore Stu­dent Art Ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic at the Academy Art Mu­seum at 106 South Street from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS POLK

First-place win­ner Henry Rosario orig­i­nally painted his first place award win­ner for a Mother’s Day present for his mother. Rosario is a grad­u­at­ing se­nior at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester.

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