Four talented Huntington High School artists dazzled the crowd at the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association’s All-County and Scholarship Show at the Old Town Hall on West Main Street in Babylon.
Sophomore Hannah Bailin, juniors Thomas Edgar-McNerney and Erica Vazquez and senior Tateana Khokhar displayed their work along with many of Long Island’s most highly regarded young digital artists. The students are all studying under Huntington art teacher Kasmira Mohanty, who leads the high school’s digital arts program and who sits on SCALA’s executive board.
Ms. Bailin won the Best in Show Award in the digital media category for her piece titled “Voyager.” The teenager took home a $50 stipend. “I didn’t expect to win an award at the All-County art show,” she said. “It was very surprising and I was very happy to be recognized. I’m also very grateful to Ms. Mohanty for entering me in the show.”
“Hannah felt completely honored and surprised at her win, considering this was her very first art competition and the level of work presented at the show,” Ms. Mohanty said.
Ms. Vazquez captured honorable mention honors for her sensational piece titled “Como La Flor.” Pieces by Mr. Edgar-McNerney and Ms. Khokhar also earned rave reviews. Ms. Khokhar has three separate pieces on exhibit. She is considering attending SUNY New Paltz, Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia or Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan next fall.
The SCALA show is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit closes next Monday, February 13.
This year’s show was juried by artist-teacher Nick Cardone, Wet Paint Studio Group Vice President Carol Corbett and Eastern Suffolk BOCES arts in education program coordinator Loretta Corbisiero.
SCALA’s stated mission is “to provide a source of communication, development and support for all leaders responsible for advocating and facilitating quality art education for the students of Suffolk County.”
The four Huntington High School artists work hard at their craft. Each of the teenagers have developed a close relationship with their teacher. “I’m fortunate to work with these motivated and intelligent individuals,” Ms. Mohanty said.