Youth Art Month showcases work of former students

March 18, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Carroll County art teachers are celebrating Youth Art Month during March with an exhibit of works by selected graduates from each of the county's five high schools.

An opening ceremony for the exhibit will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.

The works may be viewed through March 27 during the shopping center's regular hours.

The five former students who will be featured pursued art careers after graduation. They are shown as examples to talented art students in the public schools who dream of an artistic future.

Sheila Zent, 38, a graduate of Francis Scott Key High, began showing an artistic bent in elementary school when she folded a piece of paper into the shape of a piano.

After high school, she attended Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., where she specialized in costume design and two-dimensional art. Later, she had a costume internship at Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minnesota.

Ms. Zent worked in New York City in theatrical design for five years. She has free-lanced since 1985 under the "sheila z" original design logo and has published articles in several magazines.

Joe Morel, a South Carroll High graduate, is a designer and producer of documentation for computer software. He is director of Manual Publications for Microprose in Hunt Valley.

Mr. Morel, 31, majored in fine arts and communications at Loyola TTC College. Since then, he has tried his hand at cartooning, and logo and corporate identity design work.

Kellie Hall Malone, 24, a graphic artist with Printing Specialist Corp. in Baltimore, graduated from Westminster High. Her job entails design and type work for brochures, letterheads and fliers using computer programs.

Ms. Malone said Westminster High art teacher Carolyn Seabolt "was very supportive and gave me a lot of direction," she said. "She showed me how to create my own objectives and to be instructional to others."

Her talent earned her a third-place scholarship in the Notre Dame Art Competition, the Notre Dame Annual Student Art Show and Notre Dame Senior Thesis Exhibit during college.

Outside her job, Ms. Malone is honing her skills as a portrait artist in such media as pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and oil.

Liberty High School graduate Dana Johnson, 24, is a graphic designer with the City Paper in Baltimore, where she does Macintosh work, paste-up design, advertisements and logos for customers.

She has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a part owner of Third Floor South, where she will exhibit in December.

"I am very confident with graphic art projects," Ms. Johnson said. "My designs are exciting and eclectic. To me, painting is different from graphic work, but they can be incorporated into each other."

Scott Fishpaw, an artist, writer and performer, graduated from North Carroll High School. His college credits include the Pennsylvania School of Art and the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

A lab technician in the video department at Maryland Institute, College of Art, he has exhibits, published short stories and poetry, and stage performances to his credit.

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