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Local students display portraits at arts center

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - Over the last month, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has featured the work of students from four area schools. This year's theme is "portraits," allowing for a great amount of variability in the style and form of the pieces.

Students from Wells, Johnsburg, Indian Lake and Long Lake are participating and many of them will be on-hand for the April 4 gallery exhibit reception, from 2-4 p.m. at the arts center.

"The theme fits well into an art curriculum," said Indian Lake art teacher Lauren Walker-Arsenault. "It is something that most art programs cover - it really allows for exploration of perspective and study of different styles."

The pieces on display range from oil-on-canvass to photography, some of which in the style of prominent artists.

Many of the Johnsburg submissions are photographic and are interpretations of the work of renowned 1960s photographer Andy Warhol.

"We just went with it," said Johnsburg art teacher Maria Glode. "Many of the results were interesting."

The raw talent on display has surprised even the staff of the arts center.

"I can't believe how well done these pieces are," said ALCA Executive Director Steven Svaboda. "I am kind of hoping I can buy a couple of the oil and charcoal pieces."

Svaboda was especially enamored with a piece titled "Malawi Orphans," an oil on canvass piece by Long Lake senior Hannah Lamos.

Long Lake students used a multitude of media, ranging from the traditional charcoal to ceramic tile.

Many of the pieces from all the schools are self portraits, while others are pieces depicting famous musicians - while others are of the often forgotten members of the species, like African children.

"It is so important to be critical of one's own work," Walker-Arsenault said. "When a kid writes an essay you ask them to revise it, and art is n o different - art teaches the students to not accept something that could be better."

Glode agreed.

"We can teach the students to think outside of the box," Glode said. "Life is about more than the three Rs."

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