Canfield students display art at annual show

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior and AP art student Kate Jenkins filled a display booth with her artwork for the Canfield Local Schools Student Art Show on May 23.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Taryn Rothbauer, Canfield High School senior AP art student, Canfield Local Schools Student Art Show ninth runner up and PTO Student Purchase Award winner, displayed her artwork and celebrated her wins at the art show.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior AP art student and Canfield Local Schools Student Art Show second runner up Alyssa Santoro created a booth with her artwork for the art show on May 23.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior AP art student and Canfield Local Schools Student Art Show Best of Show winner Frankie Santon displayed several of her art pieces at the art show.


Families, friends, students, community members and art enthusiasts attended the 2018 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 May 23-24.

Approximately a thousand pieces of art were displayed from the 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 - Frankie Santon; first runner up - Steffie Marciniak; second runner up - Alyssa Santoro; third runner up - Brooke Brocker; fourth runner up - Sydney Russell; fifth runner up - Smaranda Solomon; sixth runner up - Candice Kraykovich; seventh runner up - Nicole Joseph; eighth runner up - Shiane Donnaurmmo and ninth runner up - Taryn Rothbauer.

Judging the art show was Maggie Kamenitsa, a graduate of Miami University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentrating in painting, and a minor in art history. Currently, Kamenitsa is pursuing a Master’s Degree in counseling at Youngstown State University. Also serving as a judge was Christine McCullough, Professor of Art, MFA Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Program Coordinator, Youngstown State University. A native of Baltimore, McCullough earned a BA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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. Canfield High School Family and Consumer Science students 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.

Five senior AP art students set up booths of their own to display their works of art.

Best of Show winner Frankie Santon was one of those students.

“I was excited to win Best of Show, but very surprised,” Santon said.

Santon plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a dual major of business and art.

“I’d like to be in the business world, and still be able to be creative,” Santon said.

Santon said she has been artistic since she was a small child.

“Ever since I could pick up a pencil, I was drawing. I discovered my own style in high school. Art is a big part of my life. I like oil paint and colored pencil the best. I’m still exploring art and still figuring it out. Our art program here is awesome. I definitely learned a ton,” Santon said.

Senior AP art student Kate Jenkins has earned a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art and Design where she plans to major in Fashion Design and minor in Studio Art. She was named Outstanding Art Student of the Year, has earned medals all her four years at the CHS Art Show and earned a Silver Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Jenkins was a creative child and loves to make people happy with her art.

“I love to draw portraits of people. I love giving these drawing of pictures to family members. It makes them happy. I was a creative child. I got sick when I was in seventh grade and I was home for a month and I drew for a month strait. The art teachers here are so amazing. They helped me grow as an artist. They encourage students. They don’t tear them sown, they help them grow,” Jenkins said.

Second runner up, and AP art student Alyssa Santoro will attend Youngstown State University in the fall to major in Early Childhood Education. Santoro was awarded Canfield Fair Best of Show, the 2018 MCCTC Student Purchase Award. two gold keys from YSU Scholastics and the Silver Portfolio from YSU Scholastics.

“I would like to include art in my career as a teacher. I have always been artsy. I have been into art since I was younger, when I would sit and draw figurines that were in our house,” Santoro said.

Ninth runner-up, PTO Student Purchase Award winner and senior AP art student, Taryn Rothbauer will attend Youngstown State University in the fall.

Rothbauer said she was inspired by her sister to pursue art.

“I was never really into art, but then my sister had Mr. Hoopes for art and she liked it so much, she inspired me to get into art. I credit her with getting me into art. When I was a freshman, I was working on my first piece and I fell in love with it and I ran with it,” Rothbauer said.

Rothbauer said she feels validated by winning the PTO Student Purchase Award.

“Winning this award makes me feel validated. It makes me feel like I could be a great artist. I am grateful to the PTO for choosing my piece. And it’s great that it will hang in the middle school with all the other great pieces. I am very grateful the judges saw some merit in my work. As high school students, we can doubt our own abilities but then we realize our hard work meant something,” Rothbauer said.

Teachers Hoopes and Antal are very proud of their students.

“They are really good kids. I am very proud of them,” Hoopes said.

Antal said she is thankful for the support the art department receives from the school.

“I am thankful the school supports and encourages the arts and highlights our students with this show. The show provides a platform to focus on the kids artwork, talent, creativity and passion for the arts. Canfield Schools recognizes how important art is and how important it is to our students,” Antal 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, with proceeds benefiting the club, which is self-funded. Light refreshments were also provided for attendees of the show.

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