West Orange High School AP Studio Art Student Artist Exhibit at West Orange Art Center

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Through an exciting partnership with West Orange High School’s (WOHS) Visual and Performing Arts Program, the latest West Orange Arts Center (WOAC) show features rising stars from our arts community.

From Saturday March 5 to Saturday April 23, the exhibition is open for visits on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A reception will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road, West Orange. Panels from the WOHS “Celebrate Pride” mural will also be on display.

The work of Advanced Placement Studio Art Seniors who attend West Orange High School is on display.

They include Anna Akerblom, Amelie Eder, Ian Gustavson, Olivia Horne, Michelle Kawior. EK Kong, Abigail Nolan, Nia Papamichalaki and Mariana Simpson.

The “Celebrate Pride” mural was created in 2021 as a collaboration between WOHS, WOAC and the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center.

“High school students are looking forward to their first gallery show,” said Heather Young, art teacher at AP Studio. “Many are applying to art-focused colleges. This group show will improve their application process.”

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This is the sixth year of the collaboration (with virtual shows in 2020 and 2021) between WOHS Director of Visual and Performing Arts Louis Quagliato and Advanced Placement Art Teacher Heather Young, Frank Niccoletti of WOAC and Lisa Suss, who is also the Gaelen Galleries at JCC MetroWest Gallery Manager.

The WOHS Arts program offers a variety of visual and aesthetic arts courses.

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Students must complete two semesters of basic courses before pursuing advanced studies such as advanced drawing, design, painting, graphic design, and sculpture.

After completing the demanding advanced coursework, juniors and seniors can enroll in Advanced Placement Studio Art, produce portfolios for college admission, and earn up to six advanced placement college credits.

New this year is a Gallery Host Training Program for Student Artists and WOAC Supporters coordinated by WOAC Gift Shop Manager, Liana Torrice, “Gallery Hosts will have the opportunity to learn about gallery administration, which includes professionally welcoming guests, discussing their artwork, and gift shop design management.”

“For the past two years, we have always been working behind the scenes to keep the arts alive in our community,” said WOAC President Patricia Mitrano. “This exhibition gives us the opportunity to support young local artists and reconnect with others.”

For information on West Orange Arts Council and West Orange Arts Center gallery and gift shop hours, visit www.woarts.org, email [email protected] or call 862-500-1918.

Kayleen C. Rice