Welcome to the first installment of ArtCat, Brewster’s new recognition program for student artists. ArtCat celebrates the creative and artistic achievements and contributions of our students, and gives the entire community a chance to learn more about the innovative pursuits of those in our fine and performing arts courses and enrichments. And now, please meet our inaugural ArtCats:
Gerald Jones ’21 of Lithonia, Georgia
In his most recent project for Creative Discoveries, senior Gerald Jones has really found his inner artist. After finding inspiration from other artists—including New York-based contemporary painter Nina Chanel Abney—Jones embraced his own style and what he has learned so far this year in using space, color, and symbolism to create a piece that reflects on racial injustice in America. In the wire contour piece he created for a gender-themed project (shown below), Jones learned about the history of this technique, once called contour drawing, which began in the early 1940s and was popular among artists like Kimon Nicolaïdes. Jones said he enjoyed using oil pastels to color in the face created with wire. “I loved using colors to display emotion about this topic,” he added. “The blue in my piece represents understanding about gender, because I understand people are all different. Blue represents respect and how I have respect for all differences.” Be sure to check out his work hanging in the halls of the Academic Building!
Jade Knowles ’21 of Tarpum Bay, The Bahamas
Senior Jade Knowles has been our stage manager for this year’s spring production, “High School Musical.” She has taken charge of logistics, assisting the director and the music director. She has also spearheaded costuming and on top of everything, she has stepped in as a cast member at the last minute. “Jade has been involved with the theater program for all four of her years at Brewster, and we are so happy to have her skills on stage as well as off this year,” said Guinevere Hilton, Fine and Performing Arts Chair. Andy Campbell of the performing arts faculty noted, “Jade knows how to keep a cast in line and also how to be supportive. She is firm and kind…a great combo for a stage manager! She is a powerhouse and we are grateful for all her contributions.”
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