CSIU Art Gallery Showcases Best Student Works | Local News


MILTON — CSIU’s famed student art gallery returned to the halls of CSIU’s headquarters on Wednesday.

Dr. John Kurelja, executive director of CSIU, said art teachers selected a work for consideration for the gallery. The works are matted and framed for the best possible presentation.

Students receive $300 for the coin with the option to redeem it for the same amount.

Fifteen students from 10 districts have work on display, including Reagyn Rothermel, an eighth grader from Miffliburg. Painted clouds were daubed onto the canvas board using paper towels.

His watercolor on linen board, “Beach Scene”, transitioned from image to image as it developed.

“I had other things in mind but an accident happened,” Rothermel said. “I just had to quickly change my mind. I loved going to the beach with my grand-grammy, so I decided to do a beach.

Anton Permyashkin, a graduate of Lewisburg Area High School, had selected work in 2020 but it could not be exhibited at a reception due to the pandemic. He is now a sophomore at Shippensburg University.

“Catch and Release” was based on a photo of a fish, fishing gear, and the shoes of a fly fishing enthusiast. It is from an underwater perspective and contains typical sunny freshwater reflections.

“It was my first time working in charcoal on paper,” he said. “It took about 12 hours to make a turn, just learning to blend in. I had no idea what I was doing, but when it all started to come together, I saw how reflection worked.

Lillyann Tilman, a junior from Milton Area High School, said “Fruity Bug” reflects her interest in insects. The acrylic-on-paper image used almost every color imaginable while remaining “entomologically correct”. Tilman noted his love for insects and science.

Chloe Yost, a senior at Warrior Run High School, said “Puzzling” was part of an advanced placement art portfolio theme about mental illness from a first-person perspective. It depicts a shadowy figure surrounded by puzzle pieces, each labeled with a particular disorder or difficulty.

“We all know that some high school students pay a lot of attention to athletics and things like that,” Kurelja said. “We love that we can celebrate creativity and the arts by doing this.”

Gallery 2022 is the third time CSIU has collected student work with such honors.


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