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Students, teacher in regional art exhibit

  • “Absconding” by Bess French

  • "Crystalline Bubble Trio" by Alexa Archambault. —Courtesy

  • "Circa 1915" by Lauren Zervos —Courtesy

  • “Juxtaposition” by Alison Wright Courtesy photos


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

John Stark Regional High School students Lauren Zervos, Alison Wright and Alexa Archambault and teacher Bess French have been invited to show their work in “Artist Teachers and the Next Generation of Creative Makers” from Friday to Nov. 16 in the Mugar Art Gallery in the Sawyer Center of Colby-Sawyer College in New London. This invitational exhibit will feature students and art teachers from New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. The public is invited to the opening reception Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Junior Lauren Zervos, who recently studied ceramics and metalsmithing at Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, Mass., will present her mixed-media piece, “Circa 1915.” The sculpture, a stoneware clay bisque-fired bust that is covered in a collage of antique magazines, features a copper and bronze locket she made at Snow Farm.

Senior Alison Wright is exhibiting her pastel called “Juxtaposition.” Alison was recently notified that she is the recipient of a $60,000 scholarship toward a bachelor’s degree at Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts. She received the award in recognition of the talent and leadership potential she displayed in and outside of the classroom during this summer’s Pre-College Program at Montserrat.

Alexa Archambault, also a senior, will be showing three ceramic vessels called “Crystalline Bubble Trio.” Alexa has taken Ceramics I and II and two independent studies in clay while at John Stark and is currently studying glaze application. She used bubbles to apply the glaze in two of the pieces she is exhibiting.

In addition to this exhibit and teaching art at John Stark, Bess French is a juried member of the N.H. Art Association. In the Colby-Sawyer exhibit, she will present three assemblage sculptures made from various found objects from her “Home” series. Ms. French had work in the Sheafe Warehouse Summer Exhibit in Portsmouth, and her encaustic paintings and sculptures are for sale at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth.