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The 18th Annual Guild Hall Student Art Festival

Originally Posted: March 25, 2010

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

Guild Hall hosted the 18th Annual Student Art Festival. (Douglas Harrington)

East Hampton - Guild Hall is one of the many great performance venues in the East End, the oldest with the most storied history. It is not, however, all about live performance as Guild Hall is presently featuring in their recently renovated galleries their 18th Annual Student Art Festival.

This exhibition featured the works of high school students.

Even if you do know art from a train wreck, you would know that these kids have talent. Frankly, some of the pieces on display are nothing short of brilliant in both content and execution. The kindergarten through eighth grade exhibition took place in February and the high school show is currently running through April 11.

I was thoroughly impressed with the high school creations, which included numerous mediums including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, mobiles, photography and mixed media. Undoubtedly, some of the students featured at the exhibition will go on to impact the art world in the future.

The exhibition opened with a reception on March 20 that was packed with the student artists, their teachers and many very proud parents. It is certainly an extraordinary opportunity for the young artists to be featured at a legendary venue like Guild Hall.

In a recent statement Guild Hall Executive Director Ruth Appelhof noted, "For 18 years, the Student Art Festival has helped nurture and encourage young talent on the East End. This exhibition celebrates the artistic pursuits of young people by exhibiting their work in a museum environment, and salutes their teachers who cultivate and inspire the creative process."

The work on display revealed some serious talent among students on the East End.

The festival, which is partially funded by Bridgehampton National Bank, is open to more than 5,000 students from 11 public and private schools. Among the many Guild Hall programs that are available to schools throughout the year, the Student Art Festival is one of the most popular and well attended. And so it should be, as the work on display by these young artists is simply spectacular.

For more information go to www.GuildHall.org.

Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

Updated: March 25, 2010, 5:16 pm
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