A Gallery Comes to the Black Box Theatre

FSSA's black box theatre was transformed into an art gallery displaying 10-12th grade art work.

FSSA’s black box theatre was transformed into an art gallery displaying 10-12th grade art work.

For a majority of the year, the first floor black box theatre serves as a classroom for the drama and musical theatre students of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. However, it was recently transformed into an art gallery.

The gallery which featured works of sophomore, juniors and seniors was the first of its kind. In year’s past the gallery has gone unnoticed and under-appreciated due to it’s hidden location in the atrium. Students and teachers alike have passed by it without a second thought, however the theatre’s new life as a gallery was a great success.

10th grade self portraits from Ms. Spata's class.

10th grade self portraits from Ms. Spata’s class.

The gallery contained a variety of works including: still life, self portraits (full body on a larger scale), graphic design pieces, typography, clothing, and ceramics. As for topics it ranged from political pieces to those that were responses by prompts. For the seniors, the pieces are mainly for their college portfolios.

Demmi Delgado, a senior art major, explained the high quality of work by saying that if you wouldn’t put it in portfolio it shouldn’t be on display.

 

Junior art student Riya Panjwani displayed custom clothes and embroidery.

Junior art student Riya Panjwani displayed custom clothes and embroidery.

Flor Ramirez, a senior art major, wishes that the gallery had always been in this space because she said it felt like a real Chelsea gallery walk. Many of the students love the space because it’s open and you can feel like you’re apart of the work.

Thandie Moore, a senior art major described it as a simulated museum. During the gallery opening Frank Sinatra students and parents crammed into the room and enjoyed light refreshments as they perused the works.

As for what’s next, there will be rotating shows back in the atrium. Mr. Twaorg, an art teacher at Frank Sinatra, suggested that maybe they could have a gallery like this again before “The Music Man,” the  upcoming musical in March.

– by Caitlin Brozen 17

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