Finley Dunn is making her mark. The Huntington High School senior created an awesome photograph that was one of a select few to be chosen for the Huntington Arts Council’s High Arts Showcase XVIII that opens today at the Main Street Gallery in the village.
Ms. Dunn hopes to attend Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan in the fall. She plans to study journalism, film and media. The teenager has been studying with Huntington High School art teacher Pamela Piffard-Williams, who leads the photography program.
Huntington High School senior Finley Dunn.
Ms. Dunn’s photo measure 8x12 inches or 16x20 inches framed. An unframed copy is priced at $50.
“‘Zoning Out’ is a piece created hoping to capture the teenage experience in a world of social media,” Ms. Dunn said. “Today’s youth is extremely over-exposed to unrealistic expectations publicized by influencers and celebrities. Having insight into their lives, but only being shown the perfect parts, is unimaginably harmful to young, impressionable audiences. As a society we need to re-evaluate our goals and who we look up to through social media.”
This year’s High Arts Showcase XVIII will run from March 18 through April 9. “The High Arts Showcase exhibition is an opportunity for young artists in Journey program partner schools to present their artwork in a gallery setting,” according to the Huntington Arts Council. “These students learn firsthand what is involved throughout a gallery exhibition; from submitting entries and writing an artist statement to titling, framing and pricing their artwork.”