Westminster’s artistic talents were on display in Baxter Gallery during the opening reception for the Westminster Community Art Show Sept. 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. The show features artwork and music from Westminster faculty, staff and community members. The show will be open throughout the fall term.
The visual and textile artists include Wendy Bestor, Mallory Doyle, Newell Grant, Kerry Kendall, Karl Lund, Daniela Perez, Amanda Rappold, Janet Reed, Scott Stevens, Jane Toner and Rebeccah Tuscano-Moss. Among their artworks are acrylics on canvas, a pen and ink drawing, relief prints, a watercolor, an oil on canvas, digital photography, textiles made of silk, cotton and acrylic yarn, and handmade quilts. In addition, those who attend the show can listen to recorded performances by musician Dan Aber on the clarinet, and the musical group Firetown Road that includes Dan, Grant Gritzmacher and Michael Cervas.
The evening also featured the opening of Pratt House Gallery, showcasing student artwork. Head of School Elaine White has opened her home as a venue to display student artwork throughout the year with a current exhibit featuring pieces from 2021 graduates Nathalie Charles, Miranda Douglass, Rachel Ha, India Lalor, Ian Lee, Tatum McBreen, Claire Taylor and Alisa Toner, as well as Abigail Moss ’20.
"It was exciting to begin the school year with the grand opening of Pratt House Gallery featuring student artwork on the same evening that we celebrated the Westminster Community Art Show displaying artwork from faculty, staff and community members in Baxter Gallery,” said art teacher Kerry Kendall, who curated the exhibits. “I was thrilled when our new Head of School Elaine White approached me with her conception of the idea of a gallery in Pratt House. She has thrown open her doors and welcomed us into her home to appreciate the arts at Westminster. We have a lot of creative and hard-working artists on our campus. The opening night event was well attended and set a positive tone for the new school year. I hope more people will get involved and share their talent in future exhibitions."
Kerry says it is her goal to present three shows a year in each of Westminster’s art exhibition spaces.