ALPENA – Alpena High School art students have a new exhibit at the Thunder Bay Arts Gallery, through Thursday.
“With this exhibit, I wanted every 2D art student at Alpena High School to have the opportunity to exhibit their work,” Cassia Marchinski, incoming junior at AHS, wrote in her mission statement for the exhibit. “By giving art students the opportunity to present the piece of their choice, students can have the chance to show off something they are really proud of. It also gives students a chance to be happy and proud of themselves when they usually don’t get the chance. »
In a phone interview, Marchinski explained some of the inspiration behind his own pieces. She has three in the exhibition, including a watercolor blue bird on a tree branch, a free-form abstract painting, and a mixed-media work.
“I’ve painted all my life,” said the 16-year-old. “But I started getting really into it as a hobby and a passion, maybe around eighth grade, during the COVID lockdown.”
Painting is a relaxing way to express yourself, she says.
“I love to paint because I can just express my inner emotions,” Marchinski said. “I love doing landscapes and capturing the beauty of nature.”
She explained the techniques she used in the pieces included in this exhibition.
“One of them is called a neurodoodle,” she said. “Basically what we did in art class was we made a random scribble and then we went over it and smoothed out all the lines. And then we took the watercolor and we picked the colors, kind of, that spoke to us, and it was an abstract piece.
She continued, “When we did the doodle, we thought of a problem in our life that we’d like to solve. And then, with the colors, we just kind of expressed how we felt. I so chose sunset colors, because they are really peaceful for me.
Another piece she created uses a page from a dictionary as a backdrop, with watercolor and ink drawings in the foreground.
Her third piece is a watercolor of an indigo bunting on a branch, which can be seen in the photo above.
“I just wanted it to be realistic,” she said.
Her art teacher is Cara Proehl at AHS.
The artists of the Thunder Bay Arts Gallery are proud of the students for their creative work and they are happy to have their works displayed in the gallery. They said it helps students build their confidence in exhibiting their work.
“We love seeing children’s work here,” said Kay Kline, one of the artists who has work to display and sell at the Thunder Bay Arts Gallery.
The gallery presents the work of approximately 25 artists, who work in rotation at the gallery.
“Our hope is that they will continue to work and be an artist, and eventually come back here and be one of us,” Kline added.
TBA Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.