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Brawley Union High announces art show

May 13, 2002|STAFF REPORT

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High School art department, under the direction of Janet Cowne, will present its annual art show Thursday at Palmer Auditorium.

Work for this year's exhibition was produced by Cowne's art classes.

Junior Amanda Smith and senior Katie Dean represent the entire Art III class and will display their first ever acrylic painting. Both girls stretched their own canvasses for the lessons and chose compositions inspired by photographs they took.

The girls have studied from many completed canvasses by retired Imperial Valley College art teacher Juanita Lowe, who donated the works of art to Cowne, her former student and colleague.

Twenty-four Art II students studied this year under Cowne and many others will be exhibiting in the show. These students have studied line, texture and tone specifically using graphite, colored pencil and charcoal. For the most part their contribution will consist of large 18 by 24 inch graphite drawings of still life compositions set up in their room by both former art instructor Jonathan Archer, who now heads the graphic arts department at BUHS, and Cowne.


Cowne collected artifacts such as an old handmade canvas and pole chair and worn leather satchels from the Herring Ranch west of McCabe School. Other items such as part of a fence and an old straw hat belonged to the late Cecil Huff, who helped settle the Valley east of Imperial.

The Art II students are studying watercolor techniques and hope to exhibit these on campus before the school year closes.

There are two groups totaling 64 Art I students who also have studied many mediums including tempera. Over half of these students are seniors and many are Brawley High athletes in football, tennis, wrestling, baseball and swimming. Animal drawings stippled in ink began their year. They too have some graphite drawings to exhibit along with other works.

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