The artwork of four high school students have been selected to be showcased at the Peconic Ballet Foundation’s Art Barre event on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at 71 East Main St. in Riverhead.
The students, freshman Katherine Marroquin Gonzalez and juniors Devyn Bishop, Olivia Bozuhoski and Kelly Valencia, each have one or more unique pieces that will be on display for the event.
Devyn’s work includes a still life drawing, a self-portrait, a dog portrait and a portrait, titled “Brandon.” Her pieces are done in graphite, charcoal and watercolor and were selected because they “articulate a unique style and visual voice.”
“Each of these four pieces convey an emotion, feeling or growth and each is done with a different medium that I felt best fit the work,” she explained.
Olivia’s pieces include a still life painting, a pencil drawing, titled “Observation,” a pastel drawing, called “Hushed” and a marker drawing, called “Animated Koi.” The pieces were chosen to be featured because “they demonstrate a mature, technical skill.”
Of her work, Olivia said, “Using my passion for fine arts, I am developing a sense of self and style through my experimentation with various techniques, mediums and themes. Generally, I draw my inspiration from my experiences with art, music and culture.”
Katherine’s piece, called “No Boundaries” and depicts a boat in pencil and black marker was picked because it demonstrates a natural ability.
Speaking about her work, she said, “The boat symbolizes the open ocean and the expansiveness of being out at sea without boundaries.”
Kelly’s piece, “At Peace,” portrays an owl in black marker. It was selected because it shows the artist’s desire to improve herself.
Kelly said she chose to draw an owl because owls are observant animals that represent a higher wisdom, maturity and awareness. “This animal and its symbolism has inspired me to want to achieve its qualities for myself through my study of art.”