NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Teens from North Salem had their artwork on display this weekend in the annual exhibition for young artists at the Katonah Museum of Art.

The event, now in its 35th year, puts aspiring artists in a professional setting and involves the teens in all aspects of the museum exhibition. With employees of the museum and input from art teachers, the teens organize, publicize, curate and mount the exhibition, which includes more than 400 artworks from 40 high schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess and Fairfield counties.

An opening reception on Jan. 21 kicked off the exhibition, which will run through Feb. 11.

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Diana Marinovic, the advanced placement art teacher at North Salem High School, oversaw students as they created and chose pieces for the show.

“Sometimes they come to me with questions or are very definitive about it, but others will say, ‘Well, I’m between these two pieces, or these three’,” Marinovic said. “What I think is wonderful is, I hear them having those conversations amongst themselves. Next thing I know, there’s a huddle of students–that’s great. I always enjoy that.”

Since North Salem is a member school of the museum, teachers and students can go for free and AP students are guaranteed participation in the show.

This year, Marinovic has 14 students showing their art. The pieces were diverse in medium and message. Some pieces featured paintings of realistic landscapes, while other pieces showed off student’s photography and graphic design skills and carried an activist statement.

Brianna Perez, 18, chose a large acrylic painting of a giraffe on a blue background for her exhibition piece.

She said it was different and larger than some of her other works that year.

“It stood out to me,” Perez said.

She was looking forward to the professional setting of the Katonah Art Museum for her work.

“It’s kind of cool,” Perez said. “Young kids don’t really have these kinds of opportunities.”

Katie Wagner, 18, submitted a painting of a woman with the head of a bear–or something she described as a combination of what you might see on earth and in space.

“That was the first piece I did and I liked it the best,” Wagner said.

Alina Dimella, 18, focused on her love of fashion for her piece. For her concentration in the AP art class, she’s showcasing different aspects of beauty and so created several pieces as parts of a clothing store. The piece chosen for the show was a fur coat on a pink background that Dimella said took weeks of work using Photoshop to get the strands just right.

“I picked this one because I liked how detailed it was,” Dimella said. “I really like fashion and you can see pink is throughout my whole concentration and girly things.”

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