Reception for high school visual, performing artists at New Kensington campus

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Acrylic on canvas by Brooke Doran, a senior at Valley High School, is a part of the Alle-Kiski Arts Consortium exhibit in the Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery. 

Credit: Bill Woodard

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — A reception for high school artists of the Alle-Kiski Arts Consortium is slated from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Penn State New Kensington. The young artists will discuss their works in the campus Art Gallery. The event is free to the public.

Arts Alive” is the name of the annual student show. The exhibit runs through March 31.

In conjunction with the reception is the High School Performing Arts Showcase at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Forum Theatre. In its third year, the performing arts component provides a public venue for creative students to display their singing, dancing, acting or oratory talents.

The two events are sponsored by the consortium, a group of local educators dedicated to bringing performing and visual arts to area students. Christy Culp, an art teacher at Deer Lakes High School, and Kathleen Guglielmi, an art and art history teacher at St. Joseph High School, coordinated the event.

The show features artwork by students from five area high schools — Highlands, Valley, Deer Lakes, Kiski Area and St. Joseph. More than 500 two- and three-dimensional pieces, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and jewelry are hung salon-style, a European technique that dates back to the 17th century.

One of the “young masters” is Isabel Horgan, a watercolor artist and photographer from St. Joseph. Horgan, a junior, competed recently in the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps Conservatory and Biological Gardens in Pittsburgh. She won first place in the “Companion Plants” category for her representation of the relationship between the shrub rose and English lavender. Her painting will hang at Phipps from March 31 to June 4.

In addition to her watercolor acumen, Horgan earned recognition for her photography prowess. She won three Silver Keys in the Pittsburgh Arts Region of the Scholastic Arts Awards competition. Her award-winning photographs are a part of the Arts Alive show.

The New Kensington gallery is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends.