Canfield students shine at annual art show

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield Local Schools Student Art Show second runner up Gabby Scianna displayed several of her photography pieces at a booth set up the annual show on May 24.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield Local Schools Student Art Show fourth runner up, and senior AP Art student, Nick Palermo stood by his winning piece at the annual show on May 24.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior, and AP Art student, Lindsay Green won Best of Show with her piece, "Worry," at the Canfield Local Schools Student Art Show on May 24.


Families, friends, students, community members and art aficionados attended the 2017 Canfield Local Schools Student Art Show, which highlighted works of art from C.H. Campbell Elementary School, Hilltop Elementary School, Canfield Village Middle School and Canfield High School students, at the high school gymnasium on May 24-25.

Several hundred pieces of art were displayed from high school art students. Senior art students created their own display booths and chose which pieces of art from their classes they wanted to showcase.

The art students used several mediums to create their pieces, including computer graphics, 3-D sculptures, digital imaging, movies, pencil drawings, oil on canvas and photography.

Each piece of the high school students’ art was entered into the judging. Medals were awarded to the top 69 award winners, with trophies going to the top 10 winners.

The top 10 included: best of show - Lindsay Green; first runner up - Raquel Markulin; second runner up - Gabby Scianna; third runner up - Aidyn Jones; fourth runner up - Nick Palermo; fifth runner up - Natalie Brown; sixth runner up - Bailey Brocker; seventh runner up - Kate Jenkins; eighth runner up - Alyssa Gonda and ninth runner up - Emily Dunlap.

Judging the art show was Mark Shohayda, retired Canfield Local School District art teacher. Shohayda retired after teaching art for 39 years, 36 of which were in Canfield. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University and holds a BFA. Shohayda has exhibited his own art at the Butler Institute of American Art, Trumbull Art Guild, The Hoyt and other galleries and venues.

Kathryn Antal and Kevin Hoopes are the Canfield High School fine art teachers and Pete Graff is the computer graphics instructor. Nancy Hulea and Heidi Garwig serve as art teachers at CVMS and Diane Leonard is the elementary art teacher at both Hilltop Elementary and C.H. Campbell Elementary. Students of Teri Dance, Canfield High School Family and Consumer Science teacher, also displayed their projects, along with students of Wood Tech teacher John Ihnat. Engineering Graphics and Robotics students of Don Crum were also represented at the show.

Best of Show winner, and AP Art student, Green won with her piece, “Worry,” an acrylics painting. The piece also placed second in the Mahoning County Art Show. Green will attend Youngstown State University in the fall and will continue with art classes.

“I was excited to win Best of Show, but also a bit surprised. I‘d like to thank Mr. Hoopes and Mrs. Antal,” Green said.

Second runner up, and AP Art student, Scianna is a photography student, which is a rarity. She will be attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. Fla. in the fall.

“Canfield doesn’t really have a photography program, so I am kind of self taught, with the help of Mr. Hoopes and Mrs. Antal. They pushed me and inspired me, which allowed me to put myself out there. It turned out not have a photography class gave me the opportunity to be a better photographer. I’d like to become a fashion photographer, with the goal of shooting New York Fashion Week. I love people and want to broadcast my work so everybody can see it,” Scianna.

Fourth runner up, and senior AP Art student, Nick Palermo will attend Ohio University in the Scripps School of Journalism in the fall.

“In the Scripps School of Journalism, they have visual communications open ended majors so I will be able to choose my field. I am going to minor in studio art. Ultimately, I’d like to design album covers or become a clothing designer,” Palermo said.

Palermo also praised the Canfield High School Art Department.

“The Canfield High School Art Department is dedicated to their students and this show. We are fortunate to have such dedicated teachers. Other schools don’t necessarily have such a great Art Show and I think the other schools need it, just like we do,” Palermo said.

Teachers Hoopes and Antal are very proud of their students.

“They are such incredibly hard working and talented kids,” Hoopes said.

The Canfield High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Mike Kelly, also performed during the art show.

Members of the Canfield High School Art Club had a Chinese auction and sold note cards featuring the top ten winners’ pieces. Proceeds benefit the club, which is self-funded. Light refreshments were also provided for attendees of the show.

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