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May 14, 2014

Artist Gerhard Richter once said, “Picturing things, taking a view, is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense.

Monticello Central School District students continue to "make sense" as they excel in the visual arts within Sullivan County, as well as in surrounding counties. Students from grades 6-12 are given the opportunity to showcase their talents at the annual RJK Middle School and Monticello High School Art Exhibit on Friday, June 6, beginning at 5 p.m. This show is free to the public and will feature “One Person Exhibits” from several student artists, in addition to a special feature this year: the Art Junkies are hosting a “Fashion Faux Pas” fashion show of clothing designs made from recycled materials.

The Art Show reception doors open at 5:00pm in the Monticello High School gymnasium and the Fashion Show kicks off at 6:00 p.m. The community is invited to come support the student artists and all of the grades 6-12 art students who are "making sense of our world."
In addition to the District Art Show, students studying the visual arts have two outstanding opportunities outside of the district to compete, share and display their talents annually: The Catskill Art Society Annual HS Juried Art Exhibit and the National Scholastic Art Awards. Each of these shows allowed our students the opportunity to test their talents among peers with works of art in painting, drawing, digital art, graphic design, sculpture, and mixed media.

At the Sullivan County High School Art Show hosted by the Catskill Art Society, Monticello students earned first and second place in two categories. Sydney Johnson earned first place and Austin Wells took second place in the painting category. Heather Trotta won first place and Colin Rosenblum took second place in graphic design.

Three outstanding art students won a combined total of 12 awards at the National Scholastic Art Awards. Students have the opportunity to earn three levels of awards at Scholastic: Honorable Mention, Silver Key and Gold Key. Silver and Gold Key award winning works of art are featured in the regional show at SUNY New Paltz, along with other works from all over the region. Projects selected as Gold Key recipients moved on to represent New York State in the national level of the Scholastic awards. Monticello students took home awards in all three levels this year. Jaclyn Bellamy received three Honorable Mention awards and Heather Trotta received one Honorable Mention award, each for various works of art in both the drawing and painting categories. Peter Richards received an Honorable Mention and two Silver Key awards for works in digital art. Representing New York State with Gold Key awards are Jaclyn Bellamy for painting, Heather Trotta for drawing, and Peter Richards with two Gold Key awards for digital art.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see,” said Edgar Degas.