Youngsters put artwork on display at Student/Mentor exhibit

January 11, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Catrina Trainor's first drawing, completed before she could speak, hangs proudly in her family's home. Now, after the 13-year-old's first artistic show, her mother will have another drawing to hang beside it.

"As my mom tells it, I was drawing before I could talk," Catrina said yesterday at the Carroll County Arts Council's Student/Mentor exhibition. "I drew this embarrassing picture and she framed it."

Catrina, along with more than 30 other young county artists who study with private teachers, is having her artwork displayed at the council's gallery in the Westminster Exchange this month.

The works, pencil sketches, pastel drawings and clay sculptures, were created by students of Terry Whye, Barbara Schnell and Erminia Locatelli Rogers.

"We really want the community to know that this gallery is not just about selling works or showing what's up and coming," said Hilary Pierce, the council's executive director. "We want to show the community about itself through works done by members of the community."

The show is the first to use a student and mentor theme, and is a way to use gallery space creatively and show local student artwork.

"There is such a demand for the gallery that we combined three show proposals into one concept," Ms. Pierce said. "Everyone, when they are growing up, has a mentor, someone who teaches them something that they carry through life. We wanted to show the relationship between the student and the mentor."

Ms. Pierce also said she hopes the show builds the students' confidence in their work.

"This is the best quality exhibit that we can give," she said, "and that will build self-esteem, to see their works in the same space and treated as professional artists' works are treated."

Many of the students said they enjoyed artwork and began taking private lessons because they showed talent at an early age.

"It's fun to do [artwork]," said Taylor Johnson, 13. "You can express yourself and it's something that you understand, even if maybe someone else doesn't."

Students also said they are happy with their private instruction.

"I like my teacher because she doesn't get mad if you do something wrong, and she will show you how to do it if you don't understand," said Hollis Johnson, 11, who has been studying with Ms. Schnell for about three years.

For the teachers, working with the children is equally rewarding.

"Working with children keeps me playful and spontaneous in my own work," said Ms. Whye.

Ms. Schnell said she, too, enjoys her students' creativity.

"They don't seem inhibited by things like adults are," she said. "They will use color and experiment with forms and just put their imagination to use without worrying that they are going to mess up."


Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Carroll County Arts Council's gallery in the Westminster Exchange. Parents seeking private art teachers for their children may contact the council for suggestions. Financial aid is available. Applications are due by Feb. 15. Information: 848-7272.

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