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March 2019

Young Artists on the Rise

Staff Report


Many talented High School artists graced the gallery at the Mamaroneck Artists Guild {MAG} in Larchmont in early February, as the Best in Show award was bestowed on Flore Msika from the French American School of New York {FASNY}. Msika created a sculpture of plaster, copper sheet, thread, paint and clay to win the coveted award.

Laura Heiss, the Student Art Show Art Director said, “This is an amazing show. There is such talent here and it was very hard to pick the winners. It was a nice turnout of sculpture, pencil drawings, oil, paintings and ceramics. The Best in Show sculpture is an amazing blend of materials.”


Three judges were involved in deciding the winners. Suzanne Montressor, past Director of MAG, Mitchell Visoky, past president of MAG and Diana Taylor, a former High School art teacher made the decisions as to the 25  first place winners from all categories in the exhibit.


Students from Mamaroneck High School {MHS}, New Rochelle High School {NRHS}, Maria Regina High School and the French American school of New York, (FASNY) participated in submitting artwork.


“The show displays how art in school makes such an impact on student lives. They now have such specialized programs like the PAVE program at MHS and the PACE program at NRHS” added Heiss, a former art teacher herself and currently the Director of the Museum of Art and Culture at NRHS.


“For example, NRHS currently has 9 Art teachers and it has expanded into a big program. NRHS students did flower studies this year, after they took a trip to the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx and studied the work of Georgia O’Keefe.”


The show titled Young Artists on the Rise, was very apropos this year, Heiss acknowledges. “There is so much talent displayed in this show. I want to thank all the art teachers that strive for perfection. Their hard work brings out the best from their students.”