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Highlighting Student Achievement in the Arts

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Fine Arts week has just concluded. This, for students of Saint Joe, marks the beginning of the end of the school year and the opportunity to see new expressions of emotions. The crown jewel of Fine Arts Week is inarguably The Art Show. Student art is used to decorate the second floor of Xavier Hall and the main entrance of the building. The art created by students throughout the year is presented at this gala. With many beautiful pieces of art, one would be hard-pressed to not find something they like.

IMG_1921I spoke with the newest member of the Art Department, Ms. Bastidas, and asked her what new projects she implemented into her classes. Ms. Bastidas explained that she introduced several different pieces seen very rarely in the shows of the past; she brought in weaving, charcoal portraits, mask building, soapstone carvings, still lives, and much more. Ms. Bastidas explained how she wanted the art created by students to express their emotions through their pieces and to learn more about symbolism as they incorporated it firsthand. Many of her fundamental students, as well as her advanced students, were able to show their rising talents by touching the canvas with their imagination–and brush of course.

The AP Studio Art students are renowned for creating some of the best art in the show, and the best art by these students is being displayed in the center of the studio on the second floor of Xavier Hall with even more work being placed in the showcase next to the front doors. The art coming from these students is quite diverse as well. Some of these students took to inspirations one would not expect to see in a high school show. One student, Aaron, had several paintings within the show that expressed the second side of life here within Baltimore City; these pieces show the disparity of living within the underdeveloped areas and the impact it has the young men and women’s social standing. To quote Aaron, “My inspiration are the daily struggles that I experience and visualize with my brothers of the Baltimore streets. The conflicts of the denomination of lower class African American population should not be overlooked!” (Born Dead & The Temptation)

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“My inspiration are the daily struggles that I experience and visualize with my brothers of the Baltimore streets. The conflicts of the denomination of lower class African American population should not be overlooked!”

As shown through our past art shows, inspiration can come from anything. Joseph R, a senior, stated that his inspiration came from not only the pieces of art his teachers have created, but the relationships he has with those around him. Joseph also explained how his pieces don’t require the inspiration from a person but rather, “the way the paint interacts with the canvas leads me to the next step in the process.”  Another student, Alex F, explained that sometimes you don’t need inspiration from the environment but just from how you feel. For example, two of his pieces displayed in the show were labeled after emotions and depicted them as such through the alteration and destruction of the canvases. To quote him, “Art is the greatest escape from reality.” This is a great way to teach the significance of art and why the young men of Mount Saint Joseph should involve themselves with the wonderful experiences of art.

The MSJ Art Show in Review

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Be sure to check out this year’s Art Show, which highlights many of the great artistic achievements of St. Joe students.

Fine Arts week is among us. This, for students of Saint Joe, marks the beginning of the end of the school year. The shining gem of the Fine Arts Week is always The Art Show, hosted by the Art Department. Student art is used to decorate the second floor of Xavier Hall and the main entrance of the building. The art created by students throughout the year is presented at this gala. With many beautiful pieces of art, one would be hard-pressed to not find something they like.

I spoke with Mr. Ryan Foti and asked him about what he was doing new for the Art Show this week. The two biggest changes that were mentioned were that there are many websites of higher level student’s personal art portfolios, consisting of all the art that students have made in the class they were in. Another new addition is because of the increasing numbers of students making videos and motion pictures, every hour at the top of the hour the videos will be displayed on the projector screen in Room 25 in Xavier Hall. Mr. Foti likes this aspect of the show the most, specifically Mark McGowan’s and Sam Monaco’s videos. Mr. Foti was also asked about certain pieces that attracted the eyes of many students, and he said that many people stop and look at Junior Jack Aldave’s cut-book page art.

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Jack Aldave’s Cut-Book Art

The AP Studio Art students are typically creating the best art in the show, and the best art by these students is being displayed at the top wall on the first floor of Xavier Hall with some more work by them being placed in the showcase next to the front doors. The art coming from these students is very diverse as well. Isaac Scharbach and Aaron Johnson take the more traditional approach to art by doing physical drawings and paintings. Ryan Bibeau is one of St. Joe’s best photography students, and he has some of his work on display in the entry to Xavier Hall. Finally Seth Johnson and William Boylan are renowned for their graphic design – if you look up when you enter Xavier Hall, you will see their work attached to the wall in the alcove.

In terms of people visiting the Art Show, as always he is expecting a huge turnout for Friday night’s show, however Mr. Foti does fear that the spring play “Oliver” may interfere with the turnout. There is a second date for the Art Show on Sunday, April 9th from 12pm-2pm, and finally there is another opportunity to see the beautiful art before the play’s matinee at 2pm on Sunday.

Art Show: Celebrating Students’ Artistic Achievements

For as long as the Mount Saint Joseph art department has been around, and art show has been held each year to showcase the works of each student. Throughout the years, the art department has grown exponentially, this can be seen in the growing number of graphic design, photography, and abstract pieces. Mr. Foti teaches various art classes at the Mount but focuses on the digital art classes such as Digital Photography, Graphic Design, and Advanced Digital Art. Mr. Foti stated that the art show this year is different because of the many different disciplines, methods, and mediums that were used by the students this past school year. Student artists to look out for in the show this year are: Ted Brunner, Harrison Trinh, Connor Egan, Peter Ogden, Jason Seaman, Aaron Johnson, Justus Croyle, and Ben Hescox.

Joey Johnson – Standout Freshman Photographer

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Joey Johnson, ’19 is the only freshman ever to take photography as a class. To accompany his work being displayed in this week’s Art Show, he explains his essence as a photographer:

1.) What got you into photography?

Going on fishing trips in the Patapsco with my father got me into photography. I wanted to record our father/son memories as well as capture the environment around us. I was particularly interested the ruins of old buildings and structures around the river.

This lead to my passion for Urban Exploration (Urbanex for short) Photography. I go into and explore abandoned buildings to photograph them. My inspiration for this is that I feel I’m preserving pieces of history.

2.) How does it feel to be the only freshman ever in photography? How did you get in?

Determined, I contacted and talked to Mr. Bienek, and sent him a few of my best photos. Luckily, in my persistence and in my photos, he saw something that made him think I was ready for the class.

I am very grateful that he took a chance on letting me take the class because it has turned out very well. I have gotten A’s for all three marking periods so far, and I love taking the class. The upperclassmen treat me with respect. I appreciate them and their love for photography, and I think they feel the same way towards me.

2016-04-17_14608543883.) What inspires you to take the photos you take?

Most people never think of going inside these derelict buildings because they seem scary or ugly, so in my photos I try to let them have a look inside and show that there is still beauty in decay. My photos are very important to me because they not only save the beauty of these buildings before they’re demolished, but they also remind me of the great adventures I had with my father and my friends.

4.) What are some of the places that you have gone to take pictures?

On my most recent Urbanex adventure, my father and I drove 200 miles to a town in the Poconos to explore an abandoned honeymoon resort. It was an amazing experience, and I hope to have many more like it.

5.) Where is your favorite place to take pictures?

My favorite place to take photos is Ilchester, MD, mainly because I have made countless memories exploring there and taking photos with my friend Stephen Mosberg, who also goes to St. Joe. In the summer, we like to walk from his house down to the river and the abandoned houses nearby.

6.) Do you hope to pursue a career in photography?

I hope I will pursue a career in photography in the future. My dream job is to travel the globe as a National Geographic Photographer, to take pictures of the wonderful world we live in.

* To see more examples of Joey’s work, visit @jmjohnsonphotography on Instagram.

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Rory Fisher- Art Week Profile

IMG_20160415_200937This week marks the beginning of Fine Arts Week at MSJ, where the community gathers around and takes a look at the incredible art pieces our students have created. In honor of the week-long celebration, we will be chronicling a few notable artists whose pieces have either left a mark on the community by their powerful message or just by their sheer beauty.

IMG_20160415_200903When I think back to last year’s Fine Arts Week, there is one specific piece that comes to my mind right away above any other piece. It wasn’t a painting or drawing; it was a photograph, and for a lot of people that photograph spoke to them by its deep and real message. This photograph was about depression and the trials of life, and the photograph and others like it were taken by junior Rory Fisher III. I had the chance to talk to Rory about what inspired him to become a photographer, the message he hopes to convey in his art, and how he sees himself continuing photography in college.

IMG_20160415_200914Fisher said he began taking pictures as a tool to express himself. “What inspired me to become a photographer was when I was going through a low point in my life, and to get my feelings off of my chest I would just photograph them.”

Fisher shines through his photographs. His message and inspiration truly shine through his photographs. When he was in his “low point,” to help himself he wanted to find a way to help others or spread awareness for others through his photos. He explained, “I base all of my art off of the things that people don’t and are scared to talk about. My message at the end of the day is we should all strive at a young age to make society a better place, so by the time we are older we can live in a world that we are satisfied with.”

IMG_20160415_200920As far as looking ahead to college, Fisher definitely sees himself pursuing photography into the future. “I see this photography thing taking me a long way, and I’ve realized I was blessed with another talent, and since I was blessed with this talent I’m going to run with it.”

Rory’s latest pieces and the rest of MSJ’s amazing artists’ work will be on display in Xavier Hall through the end of the week.

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