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20160504-farley-art-show2On Thursday, Columbia High School will be transformed into an art gallery for the annual District-wide Art Show which runs from 6-8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature approximately 900 pieces of art from all seven schools. Donations will be accepted at the door for the Greenbush YMCA.

We talked with Columbia senior Meghan Farley to get a student perspective of the Art Show. She will have more than 10 pieces on display, including a pointillism self-portrait, a drawing of her twin brother and a wire sculpture of a hand. She has taken four art classes this year – advanced studio art, drawing, photography, and ceramics/sculpture – and will attend SUNY New Paltz in the fall for art education.

Q: What do you like about the Art Show?
A: I like how it takes up the whole first floor of the school. There’s art everywhere.

Q: What is your favorite piece in the Art Show?
A: My wire sculpture of a hand. I like hands and feet because there is a lot of detail.

Q: How long does it take you to complete one of these pieces?
A: I take a long time with my work. With drawings and sculptures it takes about two weeks, but it depends on the project.

Q: When did you decide on art education as a career path?
A: Last year I went to the Russell Sage art convention at the recommendation of Mrs. LeRoy. They had different presentations and seminars about careers in art. There was one guy who talked about art education and he was so passionate about it.

Q: Why should people come to the Art Show on Thursday?
A: I think it’s good to recognize the talent in your community and to see what kind of creativity they have. A lot of people don’t know they’re artistic until they take an art class. In ninth grade I didn’t think I was going to go into art and then I won second place in an art show against all these other high schoolers. I think once people look at it, they’re like ‘oh high schoolers are doing this’ and they might be inspired.