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PHOTOS: Building driftwood sculptures with the artist in residence at John Stark Regional High School

  • Shania Weber, 18, pauses while finishing her driftwood sculpture to decide whether she wanted to close the circle or leave it unfinished while working in art class on Friday afternoon, May 9, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Shania Weber, 18, pauses while finishing her driftwood sculpture to decide whether she wanted to close the circle or leave it unfinished while working in art class on Friday afternoon, May 9, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Josh Miller, 16, lines up two large piece of driftwood while working on his driftwood sculpture with Cullen Donnelly, 16, and their group during their art class at John Stark Regional High School on Friday afternoon, May 9, 2014. "We're trying to build something big," Miller said. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Josh Miller, 16, lines up two large piece of driftwood while working on his driftwood sculpture with Cullen Donnelly, 16, and their group during their art class at John Stark Regional High School on Friday afternoon, May 9, 2014. "We're trying to build something big," Miller said.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Mathew Weil, 18, drills a screw to fasten driftwood together while artist-in-residence Mark Ragonese holds it together for him during art class on Friday morning, May 9, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Mathew Weil, 18, drills a screw to fasten driftwood together while artist-in-residence Mark Ragonese holds it together for him during art class on Friday morning, May 9, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Shania Weber, 18, pauses while finishing her driftwood sculpture to decide whether she wanted to close the circle or leave it unfinished while working in art class on Friday afternoon, May 9, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Josh Miller, 16, lines up two large piece of driftwood while working on his driftwood sculpture with Cullen Donnelly, 16, and their group during their art class at John Stark Regional High School on Friday afternoon, May 9, 2014. "We're trying to build something big," Miller said. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Mathew Weil, 18, drills a screw to fasten driftwood together while artist-in-residence Mark Ragonese holds it together for him during art class on Friday morning, May 9, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Mark Ragonese, a sculptor and woodworker from Bellows Falls, Vt., is the artist-in-residence at John Stark Regional High School. He helped students create sculptures out of natural materials that will remain on campus until they naturally disintegrate. He is also doing printmaking and painting with students. Yesterday afternoon, he worked with Bess Robblee’s art class to build sculptures out of driftwood he collected from the Connecticut River near his home. “I have to search for a lot of the materials I use in my work, but this was nice and easy because it just came to me,” he said about acquiring the driftwood. The sculptures will be on display in time for the annual senior class expo next week.

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