A tiny tree, carved with specially-designed tools, was the big winner in a very small show on display at Foxboro High School throught the end of the month.
Sophomore Daniel Gawronski won Best in Show honors at the the Second Annual Foxboro High School Minumental All-School Fine Arts Exhibit for his carved oak tree entitled "A Tribute," which he dedicated in memory of junior Sam Berns, who passed away in January from complications to a rare aging disease, progeria.
This year's art show featured more than 200 entries, including both 2-D and 3-D pieces. According to Art Department Chair Kelly Arcacha, there were even more 3-D pieces than last year, and she was pleased with the level of participation "The unifying quote is that all levels can participate," Arcacha said.
This year just more than 30 awards were presented in 16 categories. Participants included high school students, a few middle school students, high school teachers and other teachers in the district.
No entry could exceed two inches in any dimension, and bases for mini sculptures could be a quarter-inch beyond sculpture dimensions. Artists could enter up to 10 pieces.
There were many mediums to choose from, including painting (watercolor, oil, acrylic), drawing (pencil, pen, charcoal, scratchboard, markers, etc.), non-computer graphic (printmaking, bookmaking, calligraphy, lettering), mixed media 2-D (collage or any combination of 2-D media), sculpture (raised relief, clay, wood, wire, found objects, trash formation), pottery and miscellaneous (crafting).
No computer generated images, photography or jewelry was permitted. Multiple entries could consist of different subjects/media or could be presented as a series as long as each piece could stand alone. For example, there was no cutting up one large piece into smaller pieces.
The first Minumental Arts Exhibition was started by veteran art teacher Mary Ann Cahan and was her final project before she retired last June. Art teacher Sheri Turcotte facilitated this year's show with help from her colleagues in the art department. Turcotte also serves as the advisor to the FHS Arts & Culture Club, which co-sponsors the exhibit with the FHS Art Department.
Cahan came back for this year's Minumental exhibit that was held for the second consecutive year in the FHS Media Center.
The works of art will be on display at FHS until May 30. If you would like to purchase any artwork, e-mail art teacher Sheri Turcotte at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $5 per piece and will go to the first person who e-mails Turcotte. Gawronski's award winning piece, however, and several of the pieces will not be for sale.