Student art shines on display in Rutherfordton

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 05:07 AM

Art from R-S Central and Chase high school students is being featured in the display windows at the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild. The guild is partnering with local high schools to feature pieces from art students.

“I’m glad my students have an opportunity to have their work displayed in the community,” Gary White, art teacher at Chase, said.

The first installment of the series began last month with work from East Rutherford High School. Their art was taken out on March 18 and replaced with new pieces from Chase and R-S Central. A special reception was held for the students from both schools on Friday, March 21.

“It feels very cool to go around and tell my friends that I can’t hang out tonight because I have to be at an art exhibit,” London Hamby, R-S Central student, said. “Art is a cool way to express yourself. No matter what you do, there’s going to be art in it.”

The R-S Central window features a variety of zentangle drawings. According to art teacher Lacey Hamrick, the art form was founded by a former monk and is often used as therapy.

“It’s a new-age art form. It’s very meditative and relaxing,” Hamrick said. “I had a bunch of different patterns and I let the students pick one and create the drawing.”

The Chase window features different paintings and drawings like self portraits and graphic design drawings. Some of the drawings featured were done by Victoria Nanney. Her pieces are graphics for digital design and are based on the cartoon series “Codename: Kids Next Door.”

“I’m ecstatic. It’s nice to be noticed,” Nanney said. “I’ve always loved drawing. I hope to make a career out of it.”

Katherine Wilson also has several pieces in the display window. One of her paintings is of Willie Nelson. She chose to paint Nelson because her father, who died her freshman year of high school, loved older musicians.

“I’ve always wanted to be an artist, so this is a milestone for me,” Wilson said.

Larissa Quandt also talked about her self-portrait.

“I like doing self-portraits,” Quandt said. “Drawing people is one of the hardest things. For me to be able to accomplish that settled something as an artist for me.”

Chase students featured in the window are: Mercedes Painter, Taylor Funderburke, Victoria Nanney, Tiara Keim, Tyler Nguyen, Jordan Hallin, Quandt, Wilson and Nancy Sebastian.

R-S Central students featured in the window are: Sarah Huffman, Lauren Gray, Ashley Briscoe, Taylor Cole, Beth Alexander, Jocelyn Knight, Alyssa Smith and Hamby. There art will be on display at the guild until Friday.

The Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild is located at 160 N Main St. Rutherfordton. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.