Of Marlon, mythology: Bath library showcases Morse High senior's art

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BATH — With a gallery of her works on display at Patten Free Library, Logan Howard’s art career is off to a strong start.

The Bath resident, who will graduate from Morse High School next month, will attend Maine College of Art in Portland this fall.

Roberta Jordan, Patten’s outreach and instruction librarian, had reached out to Howard’s teacher, Constance Panetski, about a student whose work could be featured in the library’s Community Room. Howard’s display opened May 15, and can be viewed during library hours through June 11.

This is Howard’s second display outside school, the first being last year in the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

“This year it’s really awesome to have my own art show, and just show it to the community,” she said May 11 inside the Community Room. “It’s an honor.”

Howard recalled being into art as long as she could remember.

“Whenever I was bored I would just pick up a pencil and start drawing, and let my imagination go wild,” she said.

Oils are her preferred medium, and neoclassical art her favorite style. She does many colored pencil portraits, too. Portraiture is her strong suit, and she’d like to improve upon her depictions of landscapes.

Her subjects come from a variety of backgrounds. There’s Marlon Brando, circa his “On the Waterfront” days. And several pieces draw from her Irish and Norwegian ancestry and heritage, the focus of her Advanced Placement portfolio.

“It’s a lot of mythology and actual people that I have portraitures of,” Howard explained.

If she was to give her freshman self some advice, Howard would advise her to focus on realistic art, as opposed to cartoons.

“I was obsessed with drawing cartoons my freshman year,” she recalled with a laugh.

She plans to major in illustration at MCA, and considers a career in that field to be “a dream job.”

Morse will hold its graduation at the Edward J. McMann Outdoor Athletic Complex, Congress Avenue, at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10. In case of rain the ceremony will take place in the Bath Middle School gym.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Logan Howard, a Morse High School senior who will attend Maine College of Art in the fall, has a gallery of her work on display at Patten Free Library in Bath.

Logan Howard’s colored pencil portrait of a young Marlon Brando.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.