HHS Artists Selected for HAC’s Nightmare Exhibit

Huntington's Erica Vazquez created Trimurti Horror.

October 27, 2016

It’s a scary time of year and five Huntington High School students have work on display in the Huntington Arts Council’s Nightmare on Main Street exhibit.

Huntington artists Ben Conner, Lars Drace, Katie Giambrone, Erica Vazquez and Steve Yeh are all exhibiting exceptional pieces in the show, which runs from Thursday, October 27 through November 5 at the Main Street Gallery at 213 Main Street in Huntington village.

Huntington High School computer graphics teacher Kasmira Mohanty said she is “excited” to have had so many of her student-artists selected to participate in the annual exhibit. The show was open to all student artists across Long Island. The pieces on display were picked by Huntington Arts Council officials.

The exhibit will be juried by Caitlyn Shea, “who loves all things scary, sinewy and dark and has a special love for Francis Bacon paintings,” according to the Huntington Arts Council. “She is a visual artist specializing in large, fierce paintings. While her palette explores upbeat color interactions, the loosely drawn, often chaotic figures leave a lasting impression of the sublime.  She continues to exhibit her work in galleries across the United States and has received multiple stipends to create public works that bring moments of wonder in New York and beyond.”

“It was truly a pleasure reviewing all of the artwork submitted to Nightmare on Main Street,” Ms. Shea said. “I was incredibly impressed by the level of achievement present in each of the submissions; it actually seemed as if I was looking at college undergraduate portfolios. I expected the submissions to be creepy, but they surpassed my expectations by also being so confrontative and exploring unexpected themes like alienation and isolation. It was difficult selecting which works to include because every single entry was powerful in its own unique way.”

A costume party reception is set for Saturday, October 29 from 1-3 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery. Prizes for Best in Show ($50 each for senior and junior divisions) will be awarded as well as prizes for Best Costume. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday.

Ms. Shea will be on hand to discuss her impressions of the work and personally congratulate student-artists. Refreshments will be served. The free event is open to the public at-large.

Nightmare on Main is a themed show. Long Island students in grades 6-12 were asked to submit original artwork reflecting their interpretation of Halloween, “be it dark, light-hearted or just plain scary,” according to the Huntington Arts Council.

Ms. Mohanty has developed Huntington High School’s computer graphics program into a model for districts across the country. She earned an associate’s degree in photography at Fashion Institute of Technology and obtained a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at SUNY College at Purchase and a master’s degree in education at Dowling College.

Huntington’s computer graphics students now routinely capture top awards at local, regional and even national art competitions.

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Huntington's Katie Giambrone created One Bad Apple.
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Huntington's Ben Conner created They're Waiting.
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Huntington's Lars Drace created Stranded.
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Huntington's Steve Yeh created Undead Rain.