Pittston Area art teacher Judy Greenwald was pleased with the first day of the seventh annual student art exhibit at the high school but said uncontrollable circumstances prevented more people from attending.
“Opening night there was a lot going on that night,” said Greenwald. “Football was having a fundraiser and other things. It was mostly the parents of the students in the exhibit in attendence.”
Greenwald said that with some of the upcoming school events, including the spring concert, more people will be able to see the exhibit.
The exhibit opened on May 1 and will be open to the public between the hours of 4 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until the end of the month.
The exhibit consists of approximately 500 pieces of artwork by students in all grades from freshmen through seniors.
Greenwald said those students involved in the program, whether the class is an elective or a requirement as the freshman class is, are automatically added to the exhibit.
Some do not look forward to the attention at first, Greenwald said, but as the time gets closer, they change their minds.
“All students want their stuff shown, they like recognition,” said Greenwald. “The freshmen have to take art, so they’re not all into it like the electives so they think ‘I don’t want it in’ but when the show comes around they get more involved. They usually do a very nice piece regardless because they do it in water color. I try to give them something that they feel accomplished with.”
This year the freshman class did water color landscapes, while other students displayed self portraits and still lifes.
At the center of the floor is a giant shoe that Greenwald said the students do a piece of artwork on from their favorite artist.
The reaction some students get on their artwork doesn’t surprise her at all because she knows how talented her students are.
“People are always amazed, they can’t believe the talent of some of these kids,” Greenwald said. “Even the kids who took art simply as an elective wound up learning a lot and produced a good self portrait. They’re amazed how much they can make it look like them.
“A lot of kids will take it as sophomores and they continue with it afterwards. The big thing is giving them that feeling of accomplishment.”
Greenwald anticipates that most students will continue to display their talents on the Second Fridays Art Walk in downtown Pittston event throughout the summer.
“Some students will be doing the artwalk,” she said. “Every year is normally new students and over the next few weeks and into the summer I’m sure I’ll still be having students do work on it. I think they’ll enjoy working on it periodically in the summer.”