By BOBBIE HAYSE
Glasgow Daily Times
Monochromatic self-portraits lined the top of a large, white backdrop spread with art of varying sizes and mediums. Those surrounded a large display of cardboard installations across the stage of the Barren County High School Auditorium on Monday night, where BCHS art students showcased their year’s work in the sixth annual end-of-year art show.
The show consisted of art created during the 2013-14 school year, from students of all ages and skill levels, from freshman to seniors.
High school art teacher Lauren Simmons said there were more than 250 pieces of art in the show, from more than 80 students.
“I’m collectively very proud of all of my students,” Simmons said. “I’m fortunate to have talented and hard-working students.”
Jessica Davis, 18, was honored with the Best in Show award, as well as an Honorable Mention for her pencil portrait drawings. The art show marked the completion of her Advanced Placement art class, in which her thesis was a concentration of detailed portraits.
“It typically takes me several hours to finish up a complete drawing, but I usually divide the hours into several-day increments,” she said.
Davis said she’ll be attending Western Kentucky University this fall to study art.
Emily England, 18, also completed her Advanced Placement art class with the end-of-year art show. Her concentration was, “How the world we live in is one huge masterpiece,” with juxtaposing photographs from places she’d like to travel someday with local environments.
One image from a field of red wildflowers was contrasted with an acrylic painting of a lavender field in France. Her style was to outline the specific countries in which she took these extravagant images, and place the image within the outline.
“I just found beautiful sights that I enjoy from around the world and compared them to beautiful sights I enjoy here at home,” England said.
This fall she will be attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, studying journalism and broadcasting.
“These students are all so gifted, and I’m just glad their work can be seen publicly,” Simmons, who has been teaching art for eight years, said. “They make me look like a really great teacher, but the truth is, they’re all just so talented.”