Friday, May 22, 2009
CCHS Students display their art at Concord Art Association
From May 20 to 31, the walls, floor space and in some cases, ceilings of the Concord Art Association (CAA) will be covered with Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) students’ artwork. Art in many mediums: photography, pottery, digital art, painting and sketches is on display. Come check it out. CAA is housed at 37 Lexington Road, just a few houses down from the Concord Town Common. About 100 students will display their art at this exhibit.
Exhibits span two floors
The second floor exhibits include a number of seniors’ portfolios which contain ten pieces or more by each artist. Four seniors had digital portfolios. CCHS Art teacher Brian Mahony explained that these students took a 3-D Graphics class. They had to create a vehicle, a robot, a 3-D environment which can be used for computer games and a medical illustration. Kyle Landon of Carlisle created a cityscape, a diner, a futuristic air-transporter and a blood clot for his medical illustration.
Another student, Will Perry, won the Boston Scholastic award for animation and 3-D modeling. His creation for a 3-D environment was a unique set of reflections of a single entity. Dan Kirshgessner will be using his 3-D environment skills to create computer games. All of their art was done on high-speed graphics computers, most of which have been funded with Concord Education Funds.
Lucas Abend and Sam Carlson-Teasdale of Carlisle also had several of their paintings on display on the second floor, along with a wide variety of other drawings, sketches, paintings and ceramics.
On the first floor, Carlisle junior Laura Lofdahl displays her award-winning poster from a Richard III production. Both Lofdahl and Carlisle junior Marcus Kulik have their mandalas hung here. Mahony said that mandalas are circular designs that can be found in many cultures and have spiritual significance.
Before the presidential election, Mahony’s Digital Imaging Class did a group project where students decided what issues surrounding the campaign were important to them and then developed a piece of art illustrating that issue, using Photoshop. Portraits of Obama and McCain were used as a base. Each image of the candidate was divided into rectangles and each student was given a rectanglular section on which to work. They had to resize and incorporate their
existing artwork into a single large portrait. Students had to modify their art as other art was incorporated so the whole image would work together. The final images were faces of the candidates, but a closer look revealed individual concerns about the issues as well as a collective view of issues that concerns the nation as a whole. The impressive images were done by some 25 students. Some Carlisle students include Graham Reed, Grace McNally, Daniel Golson and Lindsey Verrill.
Photography classes are very popular at CCHS and a number of students from Carlisle have examples of their black-and-white photos displayed, including Brooke Cragan, Sloane Brazina, Dean Cote, Julian Hammonds-Attias, Theresa Fritz-Andres, Samantha Spears and Derek Lamoreaux.
There is art to see in every room of the CAA. Raphael Hsieh did a self-portrait of sorts and Adam Koski developed an 18-cent stamp based on the 2006 film “The Departed.”
The CAA awards roughly $2,000 in scholarships each year. This year’s winners were announced at the Wednesday night reception on May 20. The award for Digital Imaging went to Kyle Landon of Carlisle. Sarah Kindler received the 2D award. The ceramics award went to Nate Malchik and Photography awards were given to Tiara Robers and Alexandra Anthony.
History and future of CAA
The CAA has a large membership, which includes local artists as well as nationally and internationally known artists. CAA has about 25 exhibits yearly. Students have exhibited their art at CAA for more than 25 years. The association also runs classes for all ages and workshops. It has organized trips to other museums as well. The building can be rented for weddings or other special occasions.
The CAA building was originally a residence, built around 1760, and is now known as the John Ball House. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 1860s. The CAA has been there since 1917 when American Impressionist painter Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts bought it. Daniel Chester French, the man who created the Minuteman statue at the Old North Bridge, was the first president of the Art Association. Many distinguished artists have visited the place including Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam.
The CAA has raised $1.5 million of a $2 million capital campaign to improve building access and circulation, make the building handicapped-accessible, expand gallery space and space for classes, to add a climate-controlled storage area for the permanent collection and update the office and utility systems. CAA was recently awarded $170,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.
On June 1 the CAA will close the John Ball House for renovations and move temporarily to the Samuel Brooks House at 1175 Lexington Road.∆
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