Approximately 30 pieces of artwork created by St. Joseph’s Academy students were displayed this summer at La Divina Italian Café in the Acadian Village Shopping Center. Coordinated by SJA art teacher Nicole Lane and junior Catherine Rollins, the exhibit featured original work by students in Advanced Placement 2D and 3D art classes.
The exhibit was originally conceived as a fundraiser for students planning to travel to Italy as part of a school-sponsored cultural immersion trip next spring. The invitation to participate was eventually extended to any student wishing to sell or exhibit her work. Three pieces of artwork sold, including those by Rollins, junior Anna Halphen and 2019 graduate Grace Wisdom.
“For many of us, this was the first opportunity we’ve had to display our art in a public place,” Rollins said. “La Divina has been hosting local artists for years, and the pieces are seen by many fellow artist and potential buyers. It was a chance to get our art out there. The AP students worked on their concentrations for a year, and this was an opportunity to share that hard work with the public. A lot of thought goes into each of their themes. This was a chance to be recognized, and it can be an important detail on a resume.”
Lane said she was excited for the participating students. “They were given a wonderful opportunity to show their artwork locally and gain some public recognition of their talents,” she said. “I am thankful the community supported our talented artists.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt