Mu­seum show­cas­ing stu­dent art­work

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

— More than 800 pieces of art fill the ex­hibit halls at the Academy Art Mu­seum in Eas­ton as part of the an­nual MidShore Stu­dent Art Ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hibit show­cases the tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity of kin­der­garten through high school stu­dents from Car­o­line, Dorchester, Tal­bot, Queen Anne’s and Kent coun­ties. The art­work will be avail­able for vis­i­tors to view un­til Wed­nes­day, April 4.

The show­case features a va­ri­ety of me­dia, in­clud­ing paint­ing, draw­ing, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy and print­mak­ing. The Mid-Shore Stu­dent Art Ex­hi­bi­tion has been an Academy Art Mu­seum tra­di­tion for more than 25 years, and it is the largest stu­dent art ex­hi­bi­tion on the East­ern Shore.

“This is our way of hon­or­ing the stu­dents in the com­mu­nity and all the tal­ent that is in our re­gion,” said Academy Art Mu­seum ArtReach and Com­mu­nity Pro­grams Di­rec­tor Con­stance Del Nero. “The school sys­tems are great part­ners, and they do a great job of pro­mot­ing art through­out a stu­dent’s ed­u­ca­tional ca­reer.

“This is a cel­e­bra­tion of some­thing won­der­ful,” she said. “The stu­dents are ex­tremely tal­ented. This is our big­gest and fa­vorite ex­hibit we do each year.”

The mu­seum also picked the best art in a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories.

This year’s 2018 Stu­dent Art Ex­hi­bi­tion win­ners are as fol­lows.

First place

• Jes­sika Diggs, Queen Anne’s County High School (As­sem­blage Paper/Gold Wire)

• El­iz­a­beth Scharch, St. Michaels High School (Graphite Lion)

• Natalie Jones, Queen Anne’s County High School (Mask)

Sec­ond place

• Joey Oden­wald, Eas­ton High School

(Asian Win­ter Scene)

• Emma Kelly, Sts. Peter and Paul High School (Oil Por­trait of a Woman)

• Melissa Gill, Queen Anne’s County High School (Al­tered Book)

Third place

• Anna Maloney, Home School (Pas­tel Bat)

• Gabby Lam­beth, Eas­ton High School (Oil on Paper Por­trait)

• Jor­dan LeCompte, Cam­bridge-South Dorchester High School (In­dian Ele­phant Col­lage)

• Sh­eryl Collins, Cam­bridge-South Dorchester High School (Leaf to Fish Me­ta­mor­pho­sis)

• Mor­gan Ree­ley, Eas­ton High School (Bones of the Hand)

Hon­or­able men­tions

• Jes­sica Ha­gan, Queen

Anne’s County High

School (Bird with Skull


• Han­nah Kerr, St. Michaels High School (Two Fish)

• Kelly Van Dyke, Queen Anne’s County High School (Trip­tych)

• Paige Fried­man, Eas­ton High School (Asian Land­scape with Bird)

• Ali­son Or­tel, St. Michaels High School (Batik Ele­phant)

• Emily Van­der­lin­den, Queen Anne’s County High School (Wire Hand)

• DaShawn James, Queen Anne’s County High School (Graphite Por­trait)

• Car­o­line Lenkiewicz, St. Michaels High School (Batik Flow­ers).

The Academy Art Mu­seum hang­ing team in­cluded Ju­lia Al­ley, Glenda Daw­son, Doug Fahrman, Elaine Gal­lagher, Carol Mi­nar­ick, Boots Robin­son and Theresa Schram. Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop sup­plied the awards for the ex­hibit.

The Academy Art Mu­seum, lo­cated at 106 South Street in Eas­ton, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon­day, Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day. The mu­seum also is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues­day through Thurs­day.

Third Place: Jor­dan LeCompte, Cam­bridge-South Dorchester High School

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