By Stephen E. Lipken
StArt: The 13th Annual Regional High Schools Student Art Exhibition held their Reception and Awards Ceremony in the OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville on February 10, giving high school art students an opportunity to showcase their work in a professional gallery.
StArt 2019 includes artwork created by approximately 90 pupils representing 31 high schools throughout Westchester, Fairfield, Rockland, Orange counties and the Bronx.
“It is such a privilege for us at the OSilas Gallery to show pieces from so many young, inspiring student artists,” OSilas Gallery Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka stated. “It is so nice to see them all together, viewing each other’s work and getting inspiration from one another…”
Vranka awarded Certificates of Excellence to Lailah Bannister, School of the Holy Child; Katie Cole, Harrison High School; Olga Lew-Kiedrowska, Edgemont High School; Lili Perih, Hastings High School; Xiomara Pardo Reyes, Sacred Heart High School; Yahra Roman, Ossining High School and Kate Weber, Ardsley High School.
Reminiscent of Dutch Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch’s renderings of writhing arms and legs in heaven and hell, Pelham Memorial High School pupil Emilie Kelly’s watercolor, pen and marker drawing, “Limb Shack” represents, “limbs emerging from subway window.” Joining Kelly were fellow PMHS pupils Emily Nakayama, oil on canvas “Kyoko” and Morgan Sample’s “Izzy,” oil and cold wax.
Commenting on her whimsical work, “Making a Friend…Literally,” Emily Bui, Eastchester High School said that it depicted a lonely mouse creating a “friend,” using sewing materials.
Discussing her acrylic, paint, pencil and pen painting, “Innovate the Original,” Bronxville High School 11th grader Ruby Howell remarked that she was inspired by YouTuber and video creator Casey Neistat, a guest speaker at her school. “I used magazine cutouts and created a collage, painted onto a larger board. Neistat makes ordinary things so inspiring,” Howell concluded.
Emily Bui, Eastchester HS 12th Grade by artwork,
“Making a Friend...Literally.”