Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Annual NYSATA Legislative Art Exhibit

The NYSATA Legislative Exhibit is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education (NYSSAE). This student art exhibit is held in the Legislative Well in the Capitol Building in Albany each spring. Legislators from across the state are invited to share the artistic accomplishments of their aspiring artist constituents at a reception for students, parents and teachers.

Mrs. Pazienza with artists Olivia Baker & Andrew Penn
An opening reception to honor the young artists was held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from 12:30-2pm at the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
Legislators and others began speaking at 1pm.
Senator José M. Serrano and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan were among those advocating for strong arts programs.
 Students, art educators, family members, school officials and many New York State Assembly Members and Senators were in attendance.

The purpose of the exhibit is to showcase the artistic achievements of our young artists and to provide state-wide recogntion to students in elementary through high school.

Works of art by students from the Schodack Central School District were selected for this special exhibit in the Legislative Office Building, “Well” area in Albany.

Representing Maple Hill High School were Caitlin Wemetter (grade 12) and Brittni Curtin (grade 12) with their large self-portraits.  Castleton Elementary School was represented by Olivia Baker (grade 3) for her self-portrait painting and Andrew Penn (grade 3) for his mixed media artwork of his house.
Andrew Penn

Olivia Baker

Mrs. Pazienza with Olivia and family.

Brittni Curtin with family and friends.

Caitlin Wemette and Brittni Curtin
The display board had Brittni's self portrait drawing on top and Caitlin's self-portrait on the bottom.
Caitlin Wemette and family with her self-portrait.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

13th Annual High School Juried Regional Exhibition

On Friday March 2nd over 500 people came to the Massry Center for the Arts at the College of St. Rose to celebrate the 13th Annual Juried High School Regional. This year over 500 works from 20 regional school districts were submitted. Only 100 works of art were chosen to display through a special jurying process. Students came to celebrate this accomplishment with family and loved ones and to listen to guest speaker Tim Rollins speak about the importance of a Fine Arts Education and his experience with a group he founded called the K.O.S. crew (Kids of Survival). Maple Hill High School was represented by Brittni Curtin, Caitlin Wemette, Matthew Fiebke, Ian Myers, Samatha Giacomino, Kirsten Geracitano and Alicia Rivers-Barton. This was the second year that both Ian and Matt have been included in this prestigious show. Congratulations to all of the artists and their families. This is a great accomplishment.
Brittni Curtin and family, black and white photo above

Samantha Giacomino and family, self-portrait behind
Caitlin Wemette with mother and sister, photo above
Ian Myers with self-portrait
Alicia Rivers-Barton with family, color digital photograph above
Caitlin Wemette and Ms. Hovish showing off picture (which got cut off)
Ms. Hovish and Kirsten Geracitano with self-portrait
Brittni and Caitlin-Really impressed by the artwork? I think so.
Matt and Ian having a conversation in the gallery

Matthew Fiebke with father and mother, photo above
Guest speaker Tim Rollins discussing student work
Cute Cake!

Gallery Scene
 Kirsten Geracitano with mother and self-portrait