Local students win photo-art competition

CHESTERTOWN - Five North Warren High School students were among the winners in a regional fine-art photographic competition held by the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

The contest, which includes an exhibition of the winning entries, follows a theme of "24 Hours - a Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks."

This year's entries were judged by New York City-based curator Kate Menconeri, who has organized over 100 exhibitions and curated dozens of shows for the Center of Photography at Woodstock, and most recently, Bard College. The winners will receive personalized feedback on their work from Ms. Menconeri.

Winning student photographers from North Warren Central School were Victoria Baker, Maggie Atkinson, Dillon Engleman, Chelsey Crossman and Cody Higgins.

Other participating schools with winning student entries include Saratoga Springs High School, Bethlehem Central, Saranac High, Corinth Central, Northwood High, Lowville Academy and Lowville Central.

An opening reception for the exhibition will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday May 28 at the North Elba-Lake Placid Historical Museum, located at the old Lake Placid train station. The exhibition will remain there through June 27.

The exhibit then moves July 6 to the Adirondack Lakes Center of Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, where it will remain through August 21, and close that day with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

The winning images will also be viewable on the online photo gallery at www.lakeplacidinstitute.org after Tuesday, June 1.

"I was impressed by the quality of everyone's work," Menconeri said, noting that capturing new perspectives is common when traveling afar, but a challenge with familiar surroundings."It is most amazing and profound when one captures something unexpected in their own backyard - This is what stood out the most in the work submitted."

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