by Lisa Tome
The lobby at Rising Sun High School got a fresh look recently.
The annual Excellence Fair art exhibit was on display.
Anne Gellrich, principal at the school, explained the reason for the event. "We want to show off the outstanding work and talents in our fine arts department," said Gellrich.
Those coming to attend the spring band and choral performances were invited to view the art display as well.
An entire panel wall was dedicated to the photography of Abbey Dimling. Dimling's photos featured both architecture works taken locally and the cherry blossoms in bloom in the nation's capital.
Dimling is in Advanced Placement photography studio class. She is headed to Harford Community College where she will study nursing and minor in photography.
"I dabble in a little bit of everything," said Abigail Ince, who is currently focused on portrait painting. Ince also had a panel plus at the fair. But she has also had works displayed at Walters Art gallery in Baltimore. Her art is to earn credits for her Advanced Placement studio drawing class. Ince will head to the Art Institute of Austin, Texas in the fall. She will study media arts and animation.
"There's some really talented kids here," said Shelley Leishear, who leads the Rising Sun Arts Alliance. "The level of creativity in this school is amazing."
Russell Moore, who teaches health and physical education at RSHS, took his class to view the art work. "This shows the different talents of students that you might not see. This shows who the kids are and what they're capable of," said Moore. He glanced at the work of a student and then said he remembered her from class. "I would see her artwork because she drew on the back of tests," said Moore.
For the first time, Rising Sun's Arts Alliance presented art achievement awards for those exhibiting during the excellence fair. Justin Holcombe donated $600 so each of the winners received $100 to purchase art supplies. "The kids work really hard at what they're doing. To get recognized by the community is a nice thing," said Gellrich.
The winners for photography are Emily Seelinger for photograph Girl with Mud and Abbey Dimling's Ducks in D.C.
Brendon Ferrari won the drawing category with his scratchboard drawing Spider. Abigail Ince won the painting award for her acrylic work Mika. Lauren Grey and Kiona Brady both won sculpture awards.
Honorable mention certificates were presented to Isabel Tiller, Madison Finnan, Haley Delario, and Lauren Grey.