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Showing off their artistic talents

Artworks, which include drawings, paintings and sculptures by local high school students, are being exhibited at the Daily Grind

March 10, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Marshall High School exchange student New Prakittimongkol of Thailand was happy to be in an art show in Marshall because when she came here for the school year, she didn't expect to be part of one.

"I love art," she said.

Works by the Marshall High School and Marshall East Campus Learning Alternative art students are on display through March 31 at the Daily Grind in Marshall. The exhibit includes drawings, paintings and sculptures. Students said it's got everything from charcoal and pencil sketches to works made with melted crayons.

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Art by Marshall High School and Marshall East Campus Learning Alternative are on display at the Daily Grind, which includes works by New Prakittimongkol.

Some of the students featured in the exhibit enjoy working in a wide variety of mediums. For Wendy Lee, it's watercolors and multimedia. Anna Sisombat tends to work more with sketch drawing and watercolors.

"I love colored pencils and charcoals and sketch drawing," said Annie Samuelson.

Kate Phillips said she's taken all the art classes the high school's had to offer.

"As of right now, I've taken as many art classes as I can," Phillips said. She plans to study video game art in college. "I work better with brushes than pens." Phillips said she usually paints people into her artworks.

Like Phillips, Prakittimongkol has tried to be in every art class she can.

"I'm always doodling," Prakittimongkol said. "It's fun, it keeps me concentrated."

Prakittimongkol also prefers drawing over any other art medium.

"I cannot go to school without my pen and without my eraser," she said.

Phillips and Samuelson said MHS art teacher Brydie DeMuth likes to challenge her students artistically, with different subject matter and mediums.

"She says 'I guess this will challenge you, so we'll do this this week," Samuelson said.

With her multimedia pieces, Lee said she uses such materials as fake flowers, envelopes, buttons and hot glue.

"I never thought of ever being part of an exhibit," Lee said. Lee said she usually has a theme with her mixed media works and the materials she uses leads toward that theme. For one of her latest multimedia works, Lee's theme was "smile," in which she used items that made her smile.

DeMuth said it was hard to decide which artworks to bring to the exhibit as there was limited space.

"We have so many different things from fabric to photography to painting," DeMuth said. "We got a lot of talent."

Art teacher Chris Tromblay said the same about the MECLA art students.

"They are very hands-on kids for sure," Tromblay said.

Samuelson said she appreciates the efforts of her fellow art students.

"There are so many talented (students here)," Samuelson said. "I love walking down the hallways and seeing all the art."



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