More than 50 Carle Place High School artists had their paintings, photography, drawings, sculptures and pottery pieces displayed. Students got to choose which of their pieces they thought would be best to submit to the show.
“Artists are sometimes shy, but they put a lot of pride into certain pieces,” said art teacher Jill Forie. “We encourage from the sidelines and let them prove themselves.”
“We see a lot of them in their work. Their personalities really come out,” said art teacher Dan Krause.
The event was judged by a local florist and a college student who both have art backgrounds. Senior Anthony Ramos took home the grand prize for his photograph of a Last Supper parody. The picture, which was set up by Forie, has students set up like Leonardo di Vinci’s “Last Supper” painting, but feasting on Chipotle. Ramos submitted several photos to the art show and says he loves the way photography can preserve a moment.
“I love the way it shows your expression and it captures forever the way people feel in an instant,” Ramos said.
Sean Barbosa had several pieces of various media submitted in the art show. One of his pieces depicted a pocket watch and incorporated several of his favorite lyrics.
“Every lyric that means a lot to me, I wrote down, and my grandfather gave me that pocket watch,” Barbosa said. “So I have an emotional attachment to this piece.”
Senior Jessica O’Conner was especially proud of her figure drawing of a nude woman, which was her first ever charcoal drawing.
“I’ve always been interested in the figure and I try to incorporate humans because I like the natural side,” she said. “And what’s more natural than the naked body?”
The show not only puts a spotlight on the talent of Carle Place students, but it also allows current and potential art students to see what other classes are available to them.
“It exposes students to other options and different mediums and they might want to hop on board to try something new,” said Krause.