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By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter
As most in the Medfield community know, the children of Medfield Public Schools are extremely skilled. As exemplified by their science fairs, theater performances, and chorus concerts, the students possess ample creativity, innovation, and talent.
It is no surprise, then, that the kindergarten through grade 12 artwork at Zullo Gallery is extremely impressive.
The twenty-third annual Medfield Public Schools Student-Faculty Art Exhibition features an assortment of concepts, media, and techniques that convey a well-rounded idea of what visual arts in Medfield is all about.
Already showing an understanding of color theory at a young age with her “Imagined Creature,” kindergartener Amelia Beitelspacher created a fantastically colorful and detail-oriented creature. Her work features green, purple, orange colors in addition to the primary colors, exhibiting her keen eye for color.
The gallery features a pop art inspired piece by Owen Marsette, a third grade student. Owen mimicked the style of Keith Haring to create the piece, which depicts a barking dog tugging at the leash with which his owner is walking him. The neon sharpie colors and bold outlines provide a colorful and eye-catching piece that many dog owners can sympathize with and all can enjoy.
Other kindergarten and elementary work is featured at the gallery, and provides fantastic insight into the creative abilities of the students. While many of the pieces were created with traditional supplies, like crayons, paint, and markers, the gallery featured a couple of digital art and scratch art pieces, including fourth grader Warren Churchill’s scratch art owl.
As students in Medfield Public Schools head to the high school, the budding artists are overjoyed to have a variety of art classes available to them.
Juniors Amy Schubert and Paige Kincaid both give terrific examples of how they can diversely use acrylic paints.
Schubert’s “Sunny Spot,” which depicts a sleepy cat basking in the sun, uses the technique of pointillism and creates warm and cools tones throughout the piece.
Kincaid’s “Windows” is a composite self-portrait, which highlights her color mixing and rendering skills as she realistically incorporates her facial features into the piece several times.
While both artists used different techniques to achieve their results, both are phenomenal pieces.
Although senior Danielle Smith created “No Means No” with only neutral colors, her piece stands out in the gallery – and it’s not because of its large size. Smith’s conté crayon piece features an impressive take on figure drawing, as it illustrates blankets twisted around a woman with an outstretched hand. From the lines on the woman’s palm and curls in her hair to the wrinkles and twists in the blankets, Smith shows an impressive talent.
Faculty members also contributed to the show and placed their pieces among the students’.
Given the brilliance on display at the Zullo, it is evident that Medfield will not be running out of artistic talent any time soon.