Students exhibit ‘Building Bridges’ artwork
By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Pre-Advanced Placement Art students from Windsor High School spent this past semester going to different parts of town, capturing images of buildings from the past and present for an exhibit called “Building Bridges.” The assignment from teacher Marjorie Renno was to blend the historic and contemporary elements of their hometown in photography, ceramics, sculptures, jewelry or a painting. The exhibit opened at the Windsor Historical Society on Jan. 9.
“The course focuses on challenging assignments that require thought, individual interpretation and strong visual and technical skills,” said Renno. “This project is really about building community and generational bridges.”
“The artwork you see here is based on things we see every day,” said Christina Vida, Windsor Historical Society’s museum curator.
In fact, this whole project began when the students participated in a series of walks led by Vida. “Some of them did sketches, some took photos, some went back and researched town images later, but they all collected images from that experience that somehow connected directly to them,” said Renno. “This experience allows us to make their experiences even deeper and richer because we are going out of the classroom,” she said to the parents and grandparents assembled for the opening reception.
In the exhibit, one can see a painting of the train bridge off of Palisado Avenue mixed with a spray of fountain water reminiscent of the fountain on the green. Guests can also see the creative toothpick sculptures of a bridge and stunning photography that invites a closer look.
“I wanted to mess around with my Photoshop skills,” said photographer Eleanor Moore. Her photos of popular local spots are all craftily double-exposed – showing the train bridge faintly in each one. Past and present, what has been and what is, come together.
“By working with the Historical Society, students are given a new perspective on a place that they thought they knew everything about,” said Renno. “Within each of their pieces, there are symbols found throughout our community that spark conversations and connections between the youth in this exhibit and the people from the area who come to view it. It is a way for us to see something we all have in common through the eyes of our youngest citizens,” she said.
This is the third year in which Renno has worked cooperatively with the Historical Society to complete this project with her students.
The exhibit is open to the public until March 1. Call the Windsor Historical Society for more information at 860-688-3813.