Senior Clement Thomas’ mixed media collage “Chaos in the Air” was one of 15 pieces selected to receive opening night special recognition at this week’s 41st Annual Montgomery County High School Students Exhibition at the Montgomery County Community College Fine Arts Center Gallery. In all, artwork from 10 Cheltenham students was included in the exhibition. Featuring work from students at 19 high schools, the exhibition is free and open to the public through March 16.
“This piece was a statement on the current condition of America and our government, and how chaotic everything seems to be everyday,” said Thomas. “This was the goal for the message I wanted to convey, as my prompt was to create something which was solely based upon a single word, which was `chaos.’ I thought this and the American government went hand in hand and were a perfect combination to create a work, and they were.”
The show’s juror, Mary Anne Casey, creative director of Olivetree Design, a Philadelphia-based graphic design firm with expertise in museum exhibit design, said she was looking for the “wow” factor in selecting works for recognition.
In addition to Thomas, five other CHS students showed work in the Fine Arts category: Seniors Celeste Greene (“`Dem Bones”), Abby Chirico (“Pointe Shoes”), Phoebe Toly (“Temptation”), junior Maya Elston (“Ursa Major”) and sophomore Juliana Ancheta (“Les Visages”). Michael Oliveras taught each of the seniors, while Jenn Hall taught Elston and Ancheta.
In the Digital Photography category, seniors Eda Skolnik (“Beyond the Red Lights”) and Destiny Martin (“Chaotic Tranquility”), and juniors Eli Leighton (“Riveting Gallop”) and Genevieve Gorman (“Nature in Contrast”) each showed their work. Lori Oliveras taught each of the digital photography entrants.