MHA launches online art gallery

Shuttered schools can't stop Mars Hill Academy artists. The school recently launched an online art gallery that the community can browse from the comfort of their own homes. 

“It’s a delight to have the opportunity to showcase the hard work our students put into their art throughout the year,” said art teacher Laura Fakezas.

The show features nearly 150 pieces from all levels of high school art. Visitors can explore the gallery room by room and click on individual pieces of artwork to learn more. They will even enjoy classical cello accompaniment.

“With the restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19, we aren't able to showcase our students' work in a traditional format,” Mrs. Fazekas said. “Instead, we can celebrate their accomplishments and share their gifts with the wider community.”

Talita O’Brien – a senior who has been accepted into the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning to study fine arts – said she believes the teachers at MHA instilled a love of art in her beginning in kindergarten. 

“We were taught in a way that always encouraged imagination,” she recalled, adding that what she loves most about the school’s art program is “seeing the beauty God has put into creation and portraying it in a way that glorifies Him.”

The pieces in the art show were judged by a panel of artists. 

 Micah Dowdy, a tenth-grader, earned Best of Show for her self-portrait. For this project, each student created a self-portrait in pencil, except for a stripe of color that was created with Prismacolor colored pencils.

The art show can be explored in its entirety by visiting www.marshill.edu/artshow.