GREENFIELD — The stained glass hanging in the window at Twenty North Galley is actually a puzzle.
Hidden in it is a film strip. There’s a clapboard and theater curtains.
Letters spell applause.
The stained glass collage is just one of Emily Fedorchak’s pieces on display at Twenty North Gallery in downtown Greenfield as part of the Up and Coming Artists of 2016 show.
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The exhibit was the work of Trixie Woodward, administrative director for the Hancock County Arts and Cultural Council. When she and Arts Council president Nancy Leslie were planning council’s schedule for the year, the pair noticed an open date on the calendar when there was no scheduled exhibit at the gallery.
Woodward had an idea.
She reached out to the county’s high schools, inviting staff to encourage students to submit art for the show. Greenfield-Central and Eastern Hancock student art is on display for the inaugural Up and Coming Artists show.
Woodward hopes all the high schools participate in the future but was pleased with turnout this year.
“It was the end of the year, and this is the first time for this show,” Woodard said. “I expect it to get bigger.”
Woodward attributes the show’s success to the 27 students participating.
“The kids did a lot of this on their own,” Woodard said. “They brought in art and then told their friends to bring in art.”
Of the 92 pieces on display, 22 are Fedorchak’s creations.
She submitted mostly 3-D art to the exhibit. As an advanced placement student in the 3-D art class at Greenfield-Central, she was challenged to select a theme for her art. Throughout high school, she’s been heavily involved with band, so she chose music.
To complete her portfolio, she incorporated the theme of music into as many different artistic mediums as possible including stained glass, pottery and plaster sand casting.
One of the pieces is a floor lamp with a lampshade decorated with paper musical notes. It’s loosely wrapped in film from an old 8-track tape, given to her by Jeff Weiland, her art teacher.
The base of the lamp is made from five rotating blocks, each adorned with a ballet dancer posed as a letter of the alphabet.
“The dancers spell out music,” said Fedorchak, who will attend Adrian College in Michigan this fall to pursue a fine arts degree.
Mathilda Bell, who recently graduated from Greenfield-Central, also has work in the show.
Although she comes from a family of artists, she only recently began to consider herself an artist.
“Art is something I do well and I enjoy doing. I want to keep the family thing going,” Bell said.
Her larger-than-life pastel drawing of a pear won a first place ribbon. A print of the pear will soon be hanging in the halls of Greenfield-Central High School, Bell, who plans to attend Bradley University in Illinois to pursue animation, said.
The show also features art by some of the community’s home-schooled students, including Nicole Dawson, who won two ribbons.
Her piece entitled “Eagle Nebula” may look abstract, but it’s really a painting of the Eagle Nebula in space, she said.
One of Dawson’s artistic influences is surrealist Salvador Dali. Her painting, called “Salvador Dali,” is a recreation of a portrait that Salvador Dali did of fellow artist Pablo Picasso.
“He’s a genius,” Dawson said. “I like how different his paintings are. You can look at one for hours and find something new.”
The next stop for Dawson’s artwork is an exhibit put together by her teacher, Donna Oberting, at the historic Benton House in Irvington.
The artists participating in the Up and Coming Artists show were able to sell their pieces, but Dawson plans to hang on to hers.
“I don’t know how people can part with their art,” Dawson said.
The art will be displayed on Friday during a reception honoring the young artists. Refreshments, live entertainment and an art sale open to the public runs from 6 to 8 p.m.