Student Work Featured at Washington Art Association

"Open Hearted" by Kaleigh Laurendeau ’21

Original artwork by three students will be featured in a new exhibit opening this Saturday, April 3, at the Washington Art Association. In its inaugural High School Expo, WAA presents the work of area art students, who pursued their creativity to navigate the isolation of an unprecedented and uncertain year.

“In multiple mediums with diverse viewpoints, they saw their world, recorded it, and now offer their views of their lives as they saw them,” WAA said in a statement.

Works by students at The Frederick Gunn School include a painting by Ally Gerry ’21 titled “OUCH," a painting by Kaleigh Laurendeau ’21 titled "Open Hearted," and a photograph by Sasha Pastoukhova Valdez ’22, titled "Light Side of the Moon." All three are enrolled in A.P. Art Studio, a full-year course that requires a scope of work equivalent to that of an introductory college course in studio art. Students take this course to prepare their portfolios for submission to art schools and to the College Board AP Studio Art Exam.

In addition to work by FGS students, the WAA High School Expo features the juried work of students from Avon Old Farms School, Canterbury School, Kent School, Nonnewaug High School, Pomperaug High School, Shepaug Valley High School, Watertown High School, and Westover School.

The exhibit is open through April 18. Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12– 4 p.m. WAA will be closed this Sunday, April 4.

Additional Images

OUCH by Ally Gerry '21

Top: "Open Hearted," acrylic on canvas, by Kaleigh Laurendeau ’21. Above: "OUCH," acrylic on canvas, by Ally Gerry '21.

%22Light Side of the Moon%22 by Sasha Pastoukhova Valdez ’22

"Light Side of the Moon," a photograph by Sasha Pastoukhova Valdez ’22