Falmouth High School students to show photos at local art gallery

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FALMOUTH — Eighteen photos by students from Falmouth High School will be on display in a new exhibit at  Elizabeth Moss Galleries on Route 1 later this month.

The show, “By Invitation: Perspectives, Photography from Developing Eyes Featuring Students from Falmouth High School,” opens at 5 p.m. March 20 with an artists’ reception and runs through April 7.

Sue Morse, the high school art teacher overseeing the exhibit and selection of the featured photos, said images were chosen for their “outstanding composition.” She added that being able to show their photographs in a professional gallery is a great experience for the students.

“This show provides an authentic business experience for (our) student-artists,” Morse said. “The business of art is something that is difficult to teach (and) to actually experience it in high school is a unique educational opportunity.”

Elizabeth Moss Galleries opened in 2004 and artworks from several of its featured artists are included in various corporate collections across Maine and in private collections around the world, according to the gallery website.

This week Morse praised Moss for issuing the invitation to local high school students to exhibit in her gallery. “I truly hope we can continue to work with professionals in our area to bring (art) education and learning into new spaces,” she said.

Moss has a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University. Before coming to Maine she worked at the Hirshorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

She is also a co-founder of the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts at the Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus.

Morse said 10 students are taking part in the exhibit at her gallery and that all of the student artwork will be for sale.

She said the exhibit allows students who have previously received recognition “for their excellence in photography,” to showcase their photographic eye and introduce themselves to a wider audience.

Morse said all of the students included in the upcoming show have demonstrated that they’re “deeply interested in fine art photography.”

Morse said she and high school senior Charlie Henning invited 15 students to take part in the show initially. Of that group, 12 submitted photographs for review. Then Moss, professional photographer Craig M. Becker, Morse and Henning made the final selection of the images to be shown.

Her overall hope for this show is that “visitors (and) art buyers will recognize the outstanding talent of local young artists.”

Kate Irish Collins can be reached at 710-2336 or kcollins@theforecaster.net. Follow Kate on Twitter: @KIrishCollins.

“Lost in Thought” by Falmouth High School student Chelsea Zhao is one of the photos featured in a new exhibit at Elizabeth Moss Galleries on Route 1 in Falmouth.

This photo, by Falmouth High School senior Charlie Henning, is called “Stormproof.”