River Hill High School senior gets another view of art


April 15, 1999|By Diane Mikulis | Diane Mikulis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT EXPANDED the way I do art and view art."

That's how Mike Verbos, a senior at River Hill High School, described his experience in the National Gallery of Art's High School Seminar program.

Mike, 18, was one of only 17 students from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia selected for the program.

He spent 10 Saturdays working at the National Gallery and behind the scenes studying American art collections and researching artists.

The program required him to choose an American artist to research, create an artwork that illustrates the major concerns or themes of that artist's work and give a presentation to the public in the National Gallery's lecture hall.

Mike chose to study Jasper Johns, a mid-20th century artist.

"Johns tried to show that common objects are art," Mike said. "An example is a work he did with the American flag."

For his piece, Mike said, "I chose a car as a symbol of America and Americans' love affair with the automobile."

He employed a technique called photo silk-screening, which uses a photosensitive emulsion and photographic transparencies. Mike used images of cars from the 1950s.

He also affixed three die-cast 1950s-style miniature cars to the canvas.

Studying Johns' work altered Mike's view of modern art. He concluded that the modern art movement was much more significant than he had thought.

"America was the place to be in the '50s if you were an artist," he said.

Mike has developed his painting techniques by varying paint thickness and texture and using photo silk-screening and collages more often.

Mike said that participating in the program taught him a lot about art interpretation, art history and public speaking.

Of the seminar experience he said, "It was something I'll remember for a long time."

Mike plans to continue studying art and has been accepted at Maryland Institute, College of Art and Rhode Island School of Design.

He hopes to go into graphic design and perhaps work in advertising.

Flaming arrows

In a solemn ceremony held outdoors recently in darkness broken only by candlelight, four Cub Scouts from Pack 762 received the Arrow of Light, the highest award attainable in Cub Scouting.

Four flaming arrows, one for each boy, were shot into the night sky.

Matthew House, William Connolly, Christopher Dew and Sultan Chakkar have worked for the past two years to complete the requirements for the award.

The boys have been Scouts for several years and each has earned at least 20 badges and other awards.

They have earned badges in citizenship, fitness, first aid, outdoor activities, mental skills, technology and other areas.

Each of the boys received the Arrow of Light badge and a wooden display rack with the arrow that was shot for him.

Cubmaster John Connolly presided over the ceremony, which is based on Native American rituals.

The outdoor amphitheater of St. James Methodist Church in Marriottsville provided the setting.

In another important part of the evening's program, the four boys "bridged over" [moved up] to Boy Scout Troop 555, led by Scoutmaster David Winyall.

Also during the ceremony, Jeff Jimeson was installed as the new Cubmaster for Pack 762.

Spring on ice

Spring weather may be here, but 22 western Howard County residents are spending a lot of time on ice.

They are practicing for the Columbia Figure Skating Club's performance of "That's Entertainment," which will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdayand 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

The performances will be at Columbia Ice Rink in Oakland Mills Village Center.

More than 100 club members, ranging from age 4 to adult, will skate in the show.

Western Howard participants will include Melissa Anderson, Lauren Capps, Stephanie Capps, Kelsey Church, Jeff Church, Kendall Church, Colleen Donohue, Sybil Donohue, Elicia Epperlein, Emily Hayes, Rachel Hogue, Madison Howe, Rebecca Jennings, Hunter Jennings, Leah Jennings, Linda Jennings, Allison Radoci, Anna Schnoover, Carrie Schnoover and Rachel Stern.

Tickets are $8; children younger than age 3 get in free. Tickets: Donna Burrows, 410-461-9948.

Time to dance

Western Howard County middle-schoolers are invited to a dance sponsored by Triumph Health and Fitness Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 23 at the Circle D building in Glenwood.

Triumph owners Susan and Rick Kain are concerned about a lack of evening activities for middle school-aged children, and are planning to hold the dances monthly. Students in grades six through eight are welcome to attend.

Music will be provided by Absolute Sounds disc jockeys, and refreshments will be served.

The facility can accommodate 300 people, and parent volunteers are needed.

Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by calling 410-489-2901 or 301-854-6646.

Circle D is at 15535 Carrs Mill Road.

`Bag sale'

St. Paul's Nearly New Shop in Woodbine will hold a "bag sale" of clothing, books, toys and housewares from noon to 3 p.m. April 23, 24, 29 and 30 and May 1. The price is $3 for each paper grocery bag filled with goods.

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