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Art Gallery takes over the lobby

Art students display thier art in the annual end of the year gallery
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Art students display thier art in the annual end of the year gallery
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Last month, Harrisites transformed the Townsend High School Lobby with their annual art exhibit. Bursting with color, creativity, and imagination, the art gallery showcases the talent of students at THHS. From mixed media pieces to fun drawings, the art gallery is a space displaying artistic spirits to those entering and leaving the building.

Art teachers Melissa Nakos and Antonio Montalvo discussed the work that went into the art gallery. Ms. Nakos said, “I tried to put as many pieces as I could to represent my students. I think that everyone did an incredible job and there’s a big draw to it because many people have to walk through it on a daily basis. I love to see the variety of talent from an academic-based school and it spices up Townsend’s creative side.”

Mr. Montalvo said, “[The art gallery] is a celebration of all the hard work that the art department does throughout the year. It’s our chance to show the school what we do. Some of the pieces were picked by students, while some were picked by us teachers while considering effort and talent. I think the most beautiful part was seeing the students’ faces brighten up at their own art being in the gallery.”

The art teachers both expressed aspirations for future art exhibits as well. Ms. Nakos said, “I loved all the forms of art [created] so far and I hope to see more 3-D forms of art next year.” Similarly, Mr. Montalvo said, “I definitely want to see more sculptures. Next year I am teaching a 3-D design course, so I’m hoping I can display work from those.”

The exhibit has left a positive impression on many Harrisites.

Freshman Sophia Cherry said, “I like how there were various styles of artworks. I also think the art can motivate people who haven’t tried out art yet to become [interested] and explore Townsend’s extensive art program.”

Junior Zahra Imam said, “I think it’s really cool that they’re showcasing the students’ talent and hard work. I’ve stopped maybe two or three times to check out the artworks because they all look really impressive.”

Senior Charlie Hartman said, “It’s really fun to walk into school every day and see the art. I think in such an academically rigorous school, this exhibit reminds us that art has an important place in the world and we should take the time to appreciate it.”

For those whose pieces were showcased, it was their opportunity to display their artistic skills and work they have done throughout the year. Junior Sofia Bookbinder said, “One of my pictures I took while hiking was displayed in the art gallery. It made me really proud to see my work on display. As the rest of the music classes get to perform during the concerts, this is the art class’s chance to showcase what we’ve been doing all year.”

The dedication and hard work of Ms. Nakos and Mr. Montavlo, along with their students, has created a diverse and inspiring collection that has captivated each student who has walked by. Looking forward, they hope that the galleries continue to be a celebrated THHS tradition that enriches the creative spirit of Harrisites.

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Sayemah Nadi
Sayemah Nadi, Arts & Entertainment Editor
Sayemah is a sophomore at Townsend Harris High School. She enjoys going on walks, journaling, and talking to her peers. She hopes to travel and try new foods in the future, as well as continue her love for journalism.
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