PPBHS Art Studio on display in virtual North Hall Gallery

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The North Hall Gallery will host the Point Pleasant Beach High School Art Studio exhibiting students’ work from this year. 

The showcase of drawings, paintings, crafts, and digital arts is on view May 15 through June 18 on the North Hall Gallery website at http://bit.ly/PPBHSVirtualArtShow.

The gallery, located at 701 Forman Ave. at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, was forced to shift online this year, pivoting into a fully virtual affair.

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“As if being a teenager isn’t hard enough already, COVID-19 has now added extra stressors for students attempting to navigate their way through uncertain times,” gallery officials said. “For some, a powerful elixir to overcome the pandemic’s perils involves finding a creative outlet for the soul and mind.”

According to the group, the art department is very grateful to have this venue for student’s work. 

“The students selected for the show feel special and excited to have their work displayed,” officials said. “Students represented continue to push through all the obstacles to keep working and creating and, for some, outside of the traditional classroom environment. When reading the student statements, viewers will truly understand how they used their art to provide stress relief, relaxation, reinforce creative-thinking skills, and build self-esteem.” 

“I believe that art plays a huge role in my students’ social-emotional health,” said Lisa Faitoute, Art 1 through 4, Figure Drawing and Computer Graphics teacher at PPBHS. “So much of school directs toward the left brain — read, write, study. My students tell me they need the creative outlet and right brain activities to keep them centered. For many, it’s the creative outlet that helps them refocus and re-energize. For others, art provides a way for them to communicate when words fail them.”

Two portrait lessons in the gallery allowed students to build on the skill of drawing facial features and facial proportions. 

The first is from the lesson, Hero. Students selected their heroes to draw and incorporate Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s style for inspiration.

The second portraits represent Indian children in refugee camps as part of the Memory Project. The memory project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children worldwide who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, war, extreme poverty, neglect, and parents’ loss.

More information can be found at pointpresbyterian.org.

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