Students exhibit artwork, paint spring window display

More than 200 pieces of student artwork was on display for the first Southmoreland art exhibit. The event, held May. 11, was attended by more than 50 students and teachers.

Art teacher Mrs. Elizabeth Goodman said she was pleased with the participation and turnout.

According to Mrs. Goodman, both the number of art pieces and people who attended “were way more than we expected.”

Sophomore Alyssa Johnson won the people’s choice award. Mrs. Goodman said the “mixed media piece” will be professionally framed and permanently hung in school, and she wants to start a hallway to display student art pieces. Mr. Chris Pollard’s students made a trophy for Johnson, along with an art palette and placard.

Mrs. Goodman said seniors asked to have an art show back in March. Mrs. Denise Puskar created all the display tags, and a bake sale and raffle raised over$ 450 that will go toward  toward establishing a permanent art collection display.

Mrs. Goodman would like to have another art exhibition next year.

After a prolonged winter and a rough spring, sophomores Taylor Redmond and Erial Sparks, who are in Mrs. Goodman’s art class, have been working on spring themed window paintings in the upstairs commons.

The idea came from decorating the windows for the school’s musical, Cinderella, back in March.

“We all really loved working on the Cinderella paintings for the musical,” said Redmond. “So Mrs. Goodman suggested we do a ‘Spring into Summer’ painting.”

Some of the paintings depict scenery, flowers, and animals. Some elements being spring like, such as a garden, and some parts being summer, such as a beach scene.

Sparks says she enjoyed painting the scenes.

“I enjoyed getting to paint the windows with Redmond,” said Sparks. “I drew and painted some parts of the beach scene, the gardens, the tree painting, and the rainbow.”

“We wanted to add a little bit of color,” said Redmond. “We want to get people excited for summer.”

Redmond says that she wasn’t sure how the paintings would turn out, but “once we started making progress it started coming together.”


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