LEWISTON – “Picture yourself in a boat on a river/ With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.” Although the Beatles wrote these lyrics decades ago, these lines could also describe images created this semester by students in the design technology class at Lewiston Regional Technical Center.

Digital scenes created by students out of fruits and vegetables are the focus of an exhibit scheduled to open Wednesday, April 1, at L/A Arts’ Community Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 o’clock that evening.

Teacher Sylvie St. Amand encourages students to take chances in the computer arts fields. Her “Fruit and Veggie Landscapes” assignment is a creative progression from the structured Adobe lesson “fruit and vegetable face,” which teaches beginner users of Adobe Photoshop how to manipulate image elements with various Photoshop tools.

“About 10 years ago, I was working with Jim Garner, a former art teacher at Lewiston High School. We transformed the ‘fruit and vegetable face’ lesson into ‘Fruit and Veggie Landscapes’ with a directive to create surrealistic images,” said St. Amand.

“Everything in the images must be either fruit or vegetable, or a texture from a fruit or vegetable,” she explained. “Students all have the same set of images to work with, but the variety of landscapes they create is amazing.”

One students, Anthony Vangeli, won a Gold Key for his landscape in the Scholastic Art Awards Competition this year, under the computer art category.

Besides the “Fruit and Veggie Landscapes” assignment, students must create an image in the style of Andy Warhol, leader of the Pop Art movement. Several pieces in the exhibit will represent this theme.

In addition, Lewiston High School art department teachers have selected several 2D works by their students to be displayed in the L/A Arts Community Gallery exhibit, which runs through May 15.

L/A Arts Community Gallery is at 221 Lisbon St. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call L/A Arts at 782-7228 or go online at www.laarts.org.


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