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Meet Hinsdale Central artists at library reception

If you want a taste of Hinsdale Central High School’s artistic talent, visit the spring art exhibit “15 X 24” in the Hinsdale Public Library’s Quiet Reading Room.

There you will see an amazing array of visual art including oil painting, paper folding, sculpture, watercolors (one in coffee no less), jewelry and mixed media work done by teens, mostly seniors, in the school’s Advance Placement studio art class.

An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 18 at the library, 20 E. Maple St. Hinsdale. Students spent 15 minutes a day for a month working on their display items, and there are 24 students in the class, which is where the “15 X 24” comes from.

Kate Krupp is one of only two juniors in the class, and her piece “Teenage Punch Card” is made of actual Hinsdale Central “excused absence” punch cards, each bound in a 10 card by 14 card “quilt” held together with rings. The cards are authentic. Krupp takes American Sign Language, which is only offered at Hinsdale South where she starts her school day. She gets to Central around 9-ish for her second period class. She is well known to the hall monitors since she is tardy, though excused, every day, and every day she feels like she has to punch into school. Krupp, who actually loves to make jewelry, aspires to be an art teacher for deaf children one day.

Mikayla Delson, a senior, created “Echoes of Silence,” a mixed media work with watercolors and markers. In this image of a head, the words of the song “Echoes of Silence” provide the shading and depth for a painting of rapper The Weeknd, singer of “Echoes.” The song and the musician speak to Delson, she said. She will be pursuing photography in college next year.

Margaret Hu meticulously added layer upon layer of watercolor on cloth to create strong shades in a vibrant and interesting painting of a woman’s head entitled “Embers.” The idea is that something as powerful as a flame can still be a soft comfort, she said, referring to the rather “soft” materials of watercolor and cloth that she used to create the image. Hu will pursue art as a hobby in the future and is waiting to hear from her colleges.

Alan Chen’s “Flower Ball” is a paper work in which Chen, a senior, has taken pieces of brightly colored paper and folded and folded and folded them to creative gorgeous and interesting flowers of different shapes and types. It is meant to invoke the idea of spring, he said.

A fun and meticulous piece of work is Jonah Lillioja’s “Better Gnomes and Gardens,” a collage of a boy sitting on a step next to a garden gnome. The entire piece is made from pages of Better Homes and Gardens.

“It took forever,” he said.

The cutting and matching and pasting was painstaking, and classmate Krupp ended up helping him with some of the work. Lillioja is the other junior in the class, and he loves to paint and draw. “But I jump between so many mediums like so many in the class,” he said.

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