The Richmond Register

February 12, 2014

‘A Matter of Perspective’

Two Madison students chosen for traveling art exhibition

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — By the end of September, the artwork of two Madison County students will have been displayed at 17 different schools and other locations in 16 counties as part of the 2014 VSA Kentucky Student Traveling Exhibition.

The exhibit, “A Matter of Perspective,” showcases 31 pieces of original artwork created by K-12 students with disabilities from 24 schools.       

On display at Glenn Marshall Elementary School through Friday, students may browse the exhibit, including “Vampire Bat,” a drawing by classmate Dylan Hammond, 11, a GME fifth-grader.

Last week, the exhibit could be seen in the Berea Community School atrium, showcasing artwork by sixth-grader Keygan Harris, 12. The piece titled “Orange G” is a colorful marker rendering of Keygan’s cat of the same name.

Both of the students’ teachers said when they learned of the VSA exhibition, they knew immediately who should enter.

“Keygan has a cool imagination and his favorite thing to do is art. He’s got a gift,” said his teacher, Michelle Robbins. “He tells me, ‘Art’s my thing.’”

Although Keygan’s entry was submitted in marker, he is “fast and meticulous” with other media, such as digital art programs, she said.

On Thursday, Keygan demonstrated how he could recreate a character from the Skylanders video game on his computer in just under five minutes.

Tuesday at Glenn Marshall, classes were led out to view the exhibit and record their observations. Some students from Cecilia Floyd’s second-grade class sketched their own versions of Dylan’s “Vampire Bat” and congratulated the artist as he came to see his work on display.

“Vampire Bat” was inspired by the crime-fighting, pizza-eating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dylan said.

Dylan demonstrated Tuesday how he could draw from memory several dragons in the animated film “How to Train Your Dragon.” He also flapped the wings of a paper dragon he designed and then cut out to create a 3D version of his art. The paper dragon was complete with numerous spikes on its long tail.

“As long as I’ve known him, he’s always loved to draw,” said Dylan’s teacher Angela Cruse, who first met him four years ago.

Cruse said Dylan probably would draw all day if she let him and that he is also talented in creating Lego creatures.

“His artwork is really impressive, and he does it with such precision,” she said. “Dylan has such a wonderful talent.”

VSA Kentucky is a nonprofit organization that promotes arts, education and creative expression for all, according to its website, vsartsky.org.

The organization provides arts education and inclusion programs for children and adults with disabilities.

“A Matter of Perspective” debuted in January at the Galt House during the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children in Louisville. Throughout March, it will be on display at the Capital Plaza Tower in Frankfort for Youth Art Month, and during the summer months, it will be at the Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, according to a VSA Kentucky news release.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.