Budding: A group exhibit by the up and coming artists of the Mercer County Senior High School Advanced Placement Art program. Exhibit reception Friday, Nov. 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
“Budding” is composed of paintings, photographs and sculptures created by Advanced Placement art students in recent months. Julia Snellen, art teacher at Mercer County Senior High School, works to develop community partnerships which create opportunities for her students to show their work outside of school.
“For me, teaching is more than preparing lesson plans and grading papers. I want my students to learn how to maximize their creative potential in the classroom, but also how to present themselves to the community in a professional way,” Snellen said.
Hannah Marie Anderson believes that her art highlights the uncertainty of life. Each of Anderson’s pieces is unique and original. She strives to capture the true essence of each piece by bringing forth its emotional quality.
Lydia Brodeur primarily works with clay. However, she enjoys the challenges of working with a variety of materials. Brodeur’s work is inspired by the culture of the 60s and 70s and is derivative of the trends and attitudes of the era.
Mary Carter is a senior in her second year in the Advanced Placement Art program. While in the program, she has worked to expand her artistic ability. Carter’s style is very realistic in nature and includes a strong focus on portraiture.
Maddy Ezell is also a senior at Mercer County Senior High School. She works with a variety of media such as pencil, paint, polymer clay and clay. Ezell’s artistic style is still in flux. However, she generally creates work using hues of blue and green which feature a darker theme.
Jeremiah Havener is 17 years old and has only been creating artwork for two years. He thoroughly enjoys drawing, but has recently begun experimenting with sculpting and painting. Havener explores political and historical issues using pop art style.
Mary Joyce is in her first year in the Advanced Placement Art program, but has been an artist her entire life. She works mainly in graphite and marker. However, Joyce has recently begun creating large scale paintings.
Mia Mays was born in San Diego, California, but has lived in Harrodsburg most of her life. She feels that she works best in clay, but uses many other media to create three dimensional artworks. Mays enjoys the challenge of three dimensions because it forces her to think on a grander scale.
Amber Parker is in her second year of the Advanced Placement Art program. She enjoys the opportunity to express herself through art. Parker also uses the program to gain a greater understanding of her personal style which includes semi-realism, surrealism, as well as cartooning.
Chloe Teets is a sophomore at Mercer County Senior High School. She works in a variety of styles and media, including pencil, watercolor and pastels. Teets enjoys being unique and strives to elicit a reaction from those who experience her work.
Rachel Wheeler has been interested in art since an early age. She generally creates works which are small scale and three-dimensional. Wheeler is very detail oriented in her work and aims for precision with the components of each piece.