In celebration of their 15th anniversary, the Whitaker Center wanted to celebrate the next generation of artists by holding a Youth Juried Art Show. In the spring of 2014, Whitaker had an open call for Central Pennsylvania high school students to submit their artwork for the show. This unique opportunity allowed high school artists to have their work evaluated by a jury of art professionals. Elizabeth McDevitt, Taylor Pitman and Alexus Reynolds of the Middletown Area High School each had a work of art selected by the jury to be displayed in the show. The students and their work were honored at a reception at the Whitaker Art on the Curved Wall Gallery September 15, 2014 in conjunction with the 26th Annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk. On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Middletown Area School Board of Education recognized the artists and Mrs. Elizabeth Strite, Middletown Area High School Art Teacher, for their accomplishments. The student artwork is currently on display at the Art on the Curved Wall Gallery inside the Whitaker Center until October 31, 2014.
“I Don’t Belong Here” by Elizabeth McDevitt
“Everyone will suffer through feelings of alienation at some point in their lives. This piece was created when the artist was feeling this emotion more than ever. The black and white box represents Americans’ daily lives – in this case, school. The box in color is the daydream of the subject in the first box. The subject dreams of being in a place where she can be alone with nature and not have to constantly feel judged by other people. Although the subject’s body moves through the day as it should, the subject’s mind is always somewhere else.”
“Let’s Go For A Ride” by Alexus Reynolds
“I created this piece after being given the contour line assignment to pick a segment of a bike to sketch that multiple times. To get the details of the bike I had too focus on looking at the bike itself, not the sketches I was creating. After getting a good feel for the bike and the angle I was working at, I started to work on my canvas. I choose to use a map in my background because maps are symbolic of travel and bikes are used as a mode of travel and maps navigate your travels. I felt that it was good combination for my background. I chose complementary colors as accent colors and analogous colors when blending to make the color scheme appealing to the eye. This was one of my better pieces in my opinion and I am unbelievably happy with it.”
“Silver” by Taylor Pitman
“I drew this piece for an assignment that was given in my art class. The project was designed for the students to practice drawing textures. It involved recognizing the many different kinds of textures that exist in the world around us, as well as familiarizing ourselves with and utilizing the right techniques to properly replicate them in a drawing. Basically, we had to pick a few objects of different textures, assemble them in an appealing way and create a value study using graphite. I chose a spoon, a plastic gem, and a string of beads because of their reflective qualities. Rendering reflections properly is something that I’ve always struggled with as an artist and I decided to take on this as a personal challenge. I wanted to draw these items so that I could improve on my techniques to better my art and myself. Completing this piece taught me a lot and forced me to really take the time to recognize the small, complex, and beautiful details that even the simplest of things possess. I had a lot of fun doing the drawing.”