High School Artists Showcase Their Best Work

CLARK — On the evening of May 23, the Arthur L. Johnson High School Art Department of Clark, presented their annual art show. Teachers Christopher Marcin, Brad Terhune, Bryan Klimchak and Janice Gossman proudly displayed students’ artwork from their variety of art classes. In addition, Terhune’s printmaking class was selling linoleum prints with proceeds designated for charity.

The art show included works from the beginning drawing classes, pottery and packing tape sculpture from Gossman’s classes, and original puppets from Klimchak’s puppetry classes. Highlighted were works of the advanced class, Open Studio. The following advanced art students each presented two panels of individual work, which included artists’ statements: Stefani Avena, Alex Beirao, Karen Ben-Elazar, Shirley Ben-Elazar, Lauren Benton, Mike Bernardo, Zachary Caplette, Jon Chavarriaga, Josh Corson, Joana Couto, Kaitlyn Dunn, Nicole Eckert, Nick Galatioto, Samantha Ortiz and Liz Zalewski.

At the opening reception for parents and students, Marcin, the Open Studio teacher, introduced each student and awarded them a certificate of participation. In addition, he indicated the individual artist’s future college and aspiration. “Open Studio is an advance course which culminates the various sequences of the art program. I am so happy our artists are able to showcase their talents and share their passion with everyone,” commented Marcin. “ALJ offers a variety of courses and extracurricular activities, and the arts remain an integral part of our school community.”

During the reception members of the public and parents circulated through the exhibit. Retired art teacher San D Hasselman, in attendance, was pleased to see her former students’ work. “I am so proud of what the art department has presented”, she said. “I remember Zack in my Foundations Class, and thought then that he could become an architect. Now he is going on to Catholic University to study architecture.”

Open Studio students pose for a photo at the Arthur L. Johnson High School art show last month. (Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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