By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star
---- — The best art from the Oneonta City School District is on display at FoxCare Center on Route 7 in Oneonta throughout most of this month.
Students and teachers were working Monday afternoon at displaying the paintings, sculptures, drawings and other types of art students in grades K-12 are displaying at the annual art show. It opened Monday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and runs through May 29, high school art teacher Keirsten Jennings said.
It’s been a regular event since the late 1990s, she said. As teachers go through the year school year, they set aside the best pieces by each student, she said, and about 90 percent of the students who take art classes are represented.
“It helps motivate students by allowing them to recognized for their hard work” in a variety of media, she said, and having it in FoxCare gives people from a wide area a chance to see it.
Several advanced art students agreed it is a welcomed event. Maddie Place is a senior whose work at the show includes a tree series in a variety of media including collage and pastels. She has been involved since kindergarten.
“It means a lot to me,” she said, adding that she enjoyed seeing how much her work has progressed. She said she plan to continue her art studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall.
Senior Alexis DiBartolomeo said her work include paintings, linoleum prints and a self-portrait photo collage.
“It’s a high point of the year that allows parents and friends to see what you are able to do,” she said, adding that she plans to study art history at SUNY Potsdam.
Junior Mathew Robinson has a painting and photographs on display. He said he enjoys having a place where so many people can come down and see his work, and he hopes to continue studying art in college.
Middle school teacher Claudia Koeppel said she tries to select pieces that show the most creativity and craftsmanship. They included puppets and masks of such famous artists as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol made by seventh-grade students.
Overall, she said, “what you are seeing is the best of the best.”