RUMFORD — Robyn Pellerin of Byron may very well have had the most unusual piece of art on display at Mountain Valley High School’s annual Night of the Arts on Thursday.

The high school junior created a colorful ceramic pita pocket sandwich, filled with a tic-tac-toe board, a Pac- Man icon, a head, and the moldy head of a dead fish.

“I like to play around with stuff. Art is a way to be creative and to put myself out there,” Pellerin said.

She also had several black-and-white photographs on display and some paper flowers.

“I want to go to a college for photography that has a theatrical arts program,” she said.

Pellerin has performed in all sorts of plays and musicals since she was in middle school. Her photography focused on “eyes.”

Kasey Zadakis and Addy Gorham, both seniors from Rumford, devoted much of their displays to pencil and colored pencil drawings.

Zadakis, who plans to major in business at Thomas College in the fall, exhibited one drawing that depicted an interpretation of a song made famous by Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In.”

She also showed a couple of fashion drawings.

Gorham devotes much of her art to pencils, too, but she also likes photography.

One of her colored pencil displays was a diptych, which is two pictures framed together with a similar theme. The one on display showed the head of a cat and another of a fox. It had been on display in the Blaine House in Augusta since last fall.

Gorham, who plans to major in marketing largely because of its creative aspect, had received a Maine Youth Excellence Award.

She also enjoys creating details, as can be seen in her triptych of three pairs of footwear.

Another photography student, sophomore Jeff Burt of Rumford Point, had two black-and-white photos on display, including one showing a skewed likeness of the ramp hallway at the high school.

“I was walking down the hallway and it was empty, which is unusual. I placed the camera on the railing and took the picture,” he said.

Burt plans to attend the fire science program at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico next year.

Along with scores of paintings, photographs, ceramics and drawings exhibited in the cafeteria were several quilts created in teacher Lorraine Tanguay’s class.

Music teacher Mike Prescott led the high school’s jazz band in a series of pieces.

Steve McGinty, high school art teacher, offers nine art classes throughout the year. The Night of the Arts is the culminating event for his students.

“I’m always impressed with the quality and originality when I put the show together,” he said. “I’ve seen students develop their own style from Art I to Art IV.”


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