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Farragut High artists host exhibit at Town Hall

One hundred pieces of artwork created by Farragut High School students are on display at Farragut Town Hall.

The art show will be open to the public through 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, and again on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a reception where the art students will be present to talk about their work.

The show is sponsored by the Farragut Arts Council and will culminate in a reception with music and light refreshments. Four cash prizes will be presented at the award ceremony at 3 p.m.

Each of the FHS art teachers — Phyliss Ball, Wendie Love, Martha Robbins and Melynda Whetsel — is sending 25 student creations to the show.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on is the diversity of the work,” Whetsel said, “photography, drawing, painting, ceramics — that we can offer this many different mediums to our students and consequently exhibit and display such a wide range.

“The art council is usually pretty pleased with the quality of the work. It’s pretty sophisticated work,” she added.

Whetsel said photography is probably the most popular art class at Farragut, with printmaking a close second.

Catherine Graham, an FHS student, will be displaying her chalk drawing that was inspired by Dr. William “Bill” Bass’ visit to the school. Dr. Bass displayed skulls and bones on a table.

“It’s cool to get facial features and the understructure of the face,” Graham said.

As an artist, she was playing with contrast when she did the drawing. “Although they were dead bones, they were contrasted with energetic mark making,” she said.

Student artist Rachel Vucelich’s large acrylic portrait is a tribute to her grandmother who has been hospitalized in Ohio.

“I painted it with a palette knife, which is the absence of a brush,” she said. “The title of it is ‘Matriarch.’

“It is to pay homage to my grandmother and all matriarchs of the family.

“The reason I used the palette knife was to show the chaos that goes on in a family. But she’s [the matriarch] very centered with all the chaos that’s going on,” Vucelich added.


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