Joshua Patterson, a senior at Spring Grove Area High School, remembers going to the Hanover Area Arts Guild Student Show as a freshman. Looking at pieces on display by local juniors and seniors, he recalls thinking, "Wow, I could never do that."
Four years later, Joshua is looking forward to seeing his own work, a detailed pencil rendering of a scene from "Lord of the Rings," in the Annual Student Art Show,
"I think it's an honor to have a piece in the show for younger students to see what they can strive for," Joshua said. "I used to go to things like this and think, 'that looks hard,' and now I can do it."
The student art show has been a popular community event for 33 years, said Eric Miller, board secretary for the guild and show coordinator. It gives students a chance to show their work in a non-competitive environment while allowing teachers to showcase what area programs have to offer, he said.
"We have as many as 300 people come to the show and they are always astounded by the kind of artwork they see these kids are doing," Miller said. "It's a great way to bring recognition to youth art and the importance of art in schools."
The show, which opened March 5, is set to run through March 27 at the Hanover Area Arts Guild Gallery on Carlisle Street, and features more than 200 pieces from 11 local middle and high schools.
Many of the schools have been a part of the show since the first year, Miller said.
"We have a great variety because each display is different, depending on a teacher's curriculum," Miller said. "We want to generate support for what these schools and students are doing."
Knowing a piece is going to be featured in a show encourages students to push harder and try new things, said Noah Haring, a junior at Hanover High School. His pieces in the show, a vintage-style collage and lion's head glass etching, are good examples of that process, he said.
"I like to have stuff that's original and not like everyone else," Noah said. "I use the regular concepts and techniques, but approach things differently. I hope people see that when they look at my work."
Noah's classmate, Harrison Jones, also a junior, specializes in photography and has three pieces in the student show. Harrison picked the prints, an object, landscape and animal, to present the breadth of his work.
"The opportunities are great and the teachers keep us excited about what we're doing," Harrison said. "The student show is a great chance to represent what we do here at Hanover."