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GHS students have strong showing at local art show

Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Dakota Clarke, Megan Pleeter, Alannah Mattice, Emily Watson, Derek Guay. Middle row, l to r, Chester Fox, Makaela Mattice, Bryson Eddy, Danica Baxter, Paige Henderson, Aubrey Spooner. In the back row are Jasmine Starr, Bryce Quigley, Brett Hanson, Alannah Mattice and Emily Reera. Absent from photo: Mirissa Hilton, Eli Stockwell, Chris Houston, Olivia Broderick and Allison Daigle. (Courtesy) (click for larger version)
February 22, 2012
Gilford High School Art Department students recently received 29 awards from Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire and the Plymouth Friends of the Arts, with nine students going on to national competition.

Seniors Danica Baxter, Bryson Eddy, Aubrey Spooner and Junior Koko Clarke submitted several pieces.

Baxter, who plans to pursue a degree in art education after graduating GHS, received two gold key awards for a photo and a drawing, a silver key for a photo, and five honorable mentions for other submitted work.

To Baxter and her classmates, the art classes offer students unique opportunities for expression not found in other areas of the high school curriculum.

"It's a get-away from other classes," said Baxter. "They let you express yourself."

"And the teachers are very nice," added Clarke, thankful for the instructors in the GHS art department.

Eddy, who said he had never taken an art course before, received a gold and silver key and one honorable mention for his two sculptures and one ceramic piece.

Spooner took home one gold key for her owl sculpture, which was featured on the front cover of Scholastic Art Awards of NH Awards book. Spooner said she plans to pursue Art as a major in college.

Clarke earned one silver key for her ceramic piece and one honorable mention for a painting. Clarke said she planes to pursue a career in fashion design, and applied for summer programs with the Boston Institute of Art and Art All-State.

First, art teachers chose student work which went on to be juried by professional artists. Teachers and juries judged student pieces on originality, technical skill and personal vision.

The gold key winners included Baxter, Eddy, and Spooner, along with Derek Guay, Brett Hanson, Mikaela Mattice, Paige Henderson and Marissa Hilton. Silver Key winners were Baxter, Eddy, Clarke, Olivia Broderick, Chester Fox, Jasmyn Starr, Allison Daigle, Megan Pleeter and Emily Reera.

Honorable mention awards went to Eddy, Baxter, Clarke, Bryce Quigley, Eli Stockwell and Chris Houston.

The regional Plymouth Friends of the Arts show also featured Gilford artists Jennafer Puopolo, Alannah Mattice, Baxter and Emily Watson at the Plymouth State University Silver Center.

Art Instructor Judy Klubben said field-trips to art exhibits gives students a valuable opportunity to see work by students around the state. Students are able to compair work and possibly gain insperation.

"We usually do well," said Klubben, who was pleased with the 2012 results. "We have a very strong program."

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