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Harrison Students' Artwork on Display

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - The StArt Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition at Bronxville's Concordia College features the artwork of three Harrison High School students and will be on display through the weekend.

Alessia Solimeo and Christina Loguidice have their work shown at the college's Osilas Gallery alongside classmate Yuuki Yamamoto, whose ceramics sculpture work  "Look Inside Yourself: What Do You See?" received an award for excellence.

“This discovery of self-expression through art is one I find to be both an unusual and humbling experience, and yet all the more appealing because of it," Yamamoto said. "That's why I have now begun to consider ceramics as a possible future for myself as to continue doing what I love.”

Adding to the background of his work, Yamamoto said he looked within himself and portrayed his thoughts and emotions into the art.

“My piece is representative of my interpretation of my life and my dreams, to continue travelling and experiencing what I can," he said.

Loguidice's work focused on floral foam and created a mallard decoy, while Solimeo showcased her digital photography work titled, "Thanksgiving Day."

Solimeo’s work highlights the Thanksgiving holiday and focuses on a difficult change in her life, moving from Italy to the United States last year, she said.

Mary Ellis, director of Fine and Performing Arts for Harrison's school district, said the students' work reflected deep emotions below the surface.

“Creating in the visual arts is a very personal experience,” Ellis said. “It is akin to a solo performance by a musician or an actor.”

Ellis said that visual arts, including photography, painting, ceramics and sculpture, have a temporal quality that is different from the performing arts.

“Once you hear a live musical performance or see live theater, that exact experience can never again be replicated," Ellis said. "With art, the work can be revisited and reexamined."

The artwork will be on display at the StArt '12 Regional High School Art Exhibition at Concordia's Osilas Gallery. The students' work is part of an annual exhibit that showcases art from different high school artists in Westchester.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., with Thursdays open until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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