Artists Among Us

See House had a new addition to start the school year. The third-floor Stairwell Gallery is exhibiting “Artists Among Us”, an exhibit showcasing the works of faculty and staff. 
Their summertime creations included a wide variety of 2-D works including pen on paper by Father Donkin, lithography prints by Kate Hubbs, digital work by Greg Seale, and acrylic paintings by Steve Turner and Danielle Rovinski. The exhibit also features 3-D works including clay figurines by Jay Kearsey and a driftwood carving by Leanne Mladen.

Senior School art teacher Ms. Mladen, who came up with the idea, was thrilled with the submissions, especially given it was the first time for the staff art show.

“I wanted to show the community that art is part of people’s lives and give staff an opportunity to showcase another side of themselves,” said Ms. Mladen. “I’m always trying to put artwork up on the walls and until the kids make artwork this year, I thought this would be the perfect time to showcase to the student body that a lot of people participate in art and creative outlets – not just the art teachers.”

One of those people is Director of Athletics, Steve Turner, who had two beautiful acrylic paintings on canvas displayed. Mr. Turner took up painting just two years ago.

“I had been looking at things that I might want to do once I retire to keep my brain and my hands busy and have taken a couple of art classes up near my cottage over the past two summers,” said Mr. Turner. “I even did an art show this summer and sold four pieces.

Mr. Turner now finds that he paints whenever he can, whether it’s a few hours on the weekend during the school year or an entire day.

“I find it very enjoyable – a little stress relief for me without question,” he said. “I’m normally a pretty structured individual with the way that I work and this allows me to use the other side of my brain.”

Ms. Mladen is hoping to run another staff art show in March, but in the meantime, stay peeled to the See House gallery spaces for more impressive art by students.