Schoolcraft student art show well-attended

By Kathy Oswalt-Forsythe

A January 11 open house at Schoolcraft Community Library kicked off an art exhibition featuring Schoolcraft Community School artists in grades 6-12. Schoolcraft art teacher Jaime Hilaski proudly presided over the event.

The art pieces were on display on top of bookshelves in the main library, and more pieces were installed on the walls in the Robert Crissman Community Room. Students and their families visited, enjoying the punch and cookies provided by the library.

Art student Isaac Murray explained his work, a form of scratch art. Here he experimented with different tools and pressure to create a very detailed image of a cat. “It turned out better than I thought it would,” Isaac said.

Ashley Ponce, a new student to Schoolcraft High School, created a mixed media piece. She explained it is a self-portrait, styled after a photo taken at her 15th birthday, a Quinceañera ceremony where she “felt like a princess.” Ashley also experimented in new ways, blending colors on her brush to create unique flower petals. “I want to do this again!” Ashley said.

Hilaski is very pleased with student progress and talent and appreciated the kindness of the library staff who welcomed her students and their families.

“We usually hold this event in May,” says Hilaski,” but tonight has been well attended, which makes me think January might be the right time of year to have our art show.”

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