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JCHS Art Show a virtual Success
Seniors showcase their artistic talents online
Alexander Talkington


The current pandemic was not enough to stop these Jennings County High School students from sharing their creativity! Fortunately, two teachers stepped up and put together an art show like we have never experienced, giving us "A New Vision."

The 2020 Live Virtual Jennings County High School Senior Art Presentations went off without a hitch Friday night on May 1. Dozens upon dozens of community members all logged on to Zoom from the comfort of their homes to support the students' hard work and passion for art and to cast their vote for their favorite piece.

Originally, an in-person physical art show was scheduled in March at the Perceptions Yoga building in Vernon but social-distancing guidelines made that impossible at the moment. However with Karen Chilman hosting and Charlinda Evans running tech, both JCHS teachers, nine graduating seniors gave viewers an insight into their creative minds.

Cyrus Brewer is a member of the National Art Society and has taken 6 art classes overall. Over the years he has become inspired by horror and surrealism. Hat Time, a 12x18 inch linoleum blockprint, uses black ink on paper to expertly create stark contrast.

Also presenting was Katie Pappenheim. Her piece Sweatshirt Remedy touches on the effects of anxiety and how it can make people feel the need to "hide." It was created with acrylic paint on clay. Katie is also a member of the National Art Society.

Kayla Pappenheim took art in middle school and started focusing on 3D art in high school. She says she prefers 3D art, like clay, "because it is fun." Lizard is a 5x8x10 inch 3D clay model of an abstract, scaly serpent.

Kelly Streight is also a member of the National Art Society and has been involved in art courses all four years of high school. She finds meaning in the seriousness, or "less fun" aspects of life and art. Her piece Suspicious Guy, a 15x16.5 digital artwork, depicts a hooded figure and touches on the lack of connectivity in the world despite the digital age.

Emy Ralston has enjoyed art her whole life and is a member of the National Art Society. She proudly proclaims she has learned a lot from art teacher Ms. Chilman and the other students while at JCHS. Emy uses her art to discover human connection. A 12x14 plexiglass, krink marker and acrylic paint piece entitled Language of Sign focuses on the isolation that deaf people often experience and the need to "break the barrier" and aim to be more inclusive.

Abby Rowlett states that after taking art classes in middle school and high school, art has become essential to her. She has been President of the National Art Society since sophomore year and will attend Ball State in the fall, majoring in either fine art or architecture. Her piece You and I uses cardboard substrate and ink marker to illustrate the special bond that sisters share. "They fit together."

Jaylan Robinette is an AP studio art student who claims she has the best classmates and teacher! "I have loved art since childhood; it's my esacpe... It's a big part of who I am." Her work LATE is something we all can relate to: arriving late to an important event, or even recognizing a missed opportunity.

Carissa Sabelhaus took a unique approach to her artwork. She spent time researching about adverse childhood experiences and centered her AP studio art portfolio around trauma. Paranoid and Psychotic features an individual with a noticeably distressed face and many colors dispersing from the head. It illustrates how a family member with mental illness can cause struggle and disruption. The thought-provoking piece measures 15x11 inches and was made with acrylic paint, watercolor, paint marker, and pen.

Andrew West has taken art since sophomore year and is currently an AP studio art student. An 11x9 inch work titled Six Days reflects on a car crash Andrew had been involved in and touches on the emotional attachment we develop with items in our lives. Goodbye follows up on this concept, but with an abstract approach to illustrate the mangled vehicle. "Goodbye Darling" flows across the bottom.

Awards and Winners

First place winner was Abigail Rowlett with Kayla Pappenheim and Kathryn Pappenheim tying for second place. Those who tuned in to the virtual art show had an opportunity to vote for their favorite artist. The winner of the People's Choice Award was Kelly Streight!

If anyone would like to purchase one of the pieces, contact karenchilman@jcsc.com. Bidding will take place through 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9th. Highest bidder or buyer will make arrangements for pickup through email. All proceeds go to JCHS artists and NAHS scholarship fund.

Congratulations to all the talented seniors who presented and thanks for giving us a glimpse into your creative worlds!






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