An Essay On The 2017 Art Show by the DeMatha Fine Arts Department:
The Art Department had their Tenth Annual Photography and Art Exhibit along with their Opening Reception on Sunday, April 10th at the LT ( SEAL ) Brendan Looney ' 99 Convocation Center on the Third Floor Concourse.
There was a great turnout with a steady flow of students, their families and friends of the DeMatha Community enjoying an amazing display of photography and art that filled the hallways.
As people came off the elevator, they signed their names into a Guest Book next to a cheerful bouquet of flowers. After viewing the show, those same people left messages for their sons, for students who participated in the show and for Mr. Potskowski , Photography teacher and Mr. Holsey, Art teacher.
From the Webster Family to their son “So proud of you, Ty! Beautiful and inspiring work!” Tyler Webster's photograph, Eye of the Tiger, is mesmerizing and it graces the cover of the brochure for the exhibit. Debbie McDonald, like many parents, complimented students on their creativity, imagination and the very high quality of the photography and art work. Lisa Sechler echoed the sentiments of other attendees of the show when she wrote, “This show is fabulous. It is amazing to see the creativity and skill level of these young men emerge in such beautiful ways. And, it is obvious they enjoy it and have great pride in their photography. They must have wonderful, inspiring teachers.”
In the Art section of the exhibit, there are many paintings and drawings displaying a wide variety of mediums by students, parents and alumni. There is a massive and very moving display of paintings by Mr. Holsey, Art Department Chairman, representing a dream sequence that incorporates masks, his family and symbolism to communicate events in his life combined with philosophy and spirituality.
Within the Photography section of the exhibit, twelve genres of photography and approximately 150 pictures are represented. Genres extend from black and white pictures that students develop in the darkroom to photographs that students turn into watercolors to macro, portrait, landscape, still life and time-lapse photography. Outstanding senior photography students and photojournalists for Mr. Potskowski, James Brunner and Paul Pittarelli, each had a very impressive display of their own work. Also, new to the Photo Exhibit this year was a display of pictures of Japan from Marcus Flores, '09 (Washington Post Photography Finalist) and current DeMatha teacher, Vicki Landersman, who has pictures on display of her trip with her students to the Amazon.
Mr. Holsey and Mr. Potskowski would like to thank Dr. McMahon and Father James for their tremendous support of the Arts and for the many people who helped to make the show such a great success.