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March 24, 2014

Area students' artwork displayed in Cooperstown gallery

By Jessica Reynolds Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — An Otsego County student’s artwork may be featured in an upcoming year-long display in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.w, organizers said on Sunday.

More than 100 pieces of art were submitted to the Cooperstown Art Association for the annual Congressional Art Competition and are now on display in the Cooperstown gallery’s exhibit, “An Artistic Discovery.” Janet Erway, director of the Cooperstown Art Association, said it is part of a nationwide competition to promote and support creativity among high school students.

“The Cooperstown Art Association is so happy to highlight our local students’ talent and would like to thank all the schools and students who participated,” Erway said in a Tuesday press release.

Erway said six Otsego County students received an Award of Merit and will submit their artwork to Congressman Chris Gibson’s office, where it will be considered alongside entries from the other counties, including Delaware and Schoharie, in the 19th Congressional District. The winning piece, Erway said, will represent District 19 and will be displayed in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.

Erway said the competition, which is sponsored by Gibson this year, gives student artists the chance to see their work hung up, where their peers and community will see it. It is vital to give students a place for their work to be seen and appreciated, she said.

“Unfortunately, in today’s school systems, art and music have much less emphasis,” Erway said. “That’s why competitions and exhibits like this one are so important … they foster and encourage that creativity.”

Erway said students from Otsego County brought in their artwork on March 1, with a grand opening of the exhibit on March 7. The jurors this year were Ron Lytel of Cooperstown, Phil Young of Oneonta and Jessica Marx of Cherry Valley, she said. Pieces were hung without a name or title and judged anonymously.

The six Otsego County Award of Merit winners whose work will be sent to Gibson’s office for consideration are: Elle Kenyon of Cooperstown Central School, for her untitled graphite drawing; Xanthian Lincoln of Laurens Central School, for a charcoal drawing called “Evan Peters;” Olivia Porter, of Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School, for the photograph “Tree Door Fronts;” Tanner McGown of Cooperstown Central School, for an untitled digital artwork; Zane Ashford of Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School, for a photograph titled “Under the Bridge;” and Frances Bukovsky of Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School, for the photograph “Victim of Within.”

Jurors’ Citations went to Kyanne Clark, of Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services; Hannah Sell, a home-schooled student; Claire Dohner of Cooperstown Central School; Marlise Schneider of Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School; Anneliese Carrascoso of Cooperstown Central School; and Lauren Loucks of Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School.

Erway said Loucks was the 2013 District 19 victor, whose winning photograph, “Hay Bales on the Hilltop” was displayed in Washington for the year.

“An Artistic Discovery” will run through March 28, Erway said, and can be found at the Cooperstown Art Association at 22 Main St. in the Village Building on the corner of Main and Fair streets.

“The community has enjoyed the exhibit,” Erway said. “The older patrons, too. Student artwork just has a freshness to it.”

The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays through Saturdays and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information, call 547-9777 or visit the Cooperstown Art Association’s website at www.cooperstownart.com.