WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) senior and artist David Fernandez and his work "Threshold" is part of the "Inspired Minds" showing at the Herb and Milly Iris Gallery at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). The event opening was held on May 17.

"Inspired Minds" recognizes and celebrates local young artists and provides the opportunity for Essex County students to experience the process of showing in a gallery, including application, exhibition and even the sale of their artwork. The "Inspired Minds" program is managed by Linda Beard, SOPAC Director of Community Engagement & Education.

"Being part of the SOPAC show was amazing," said Fernandez. "Seeing other artists and my own work at the exhibit was such an experience. The show had over 1200 submissions and it was narrowed down to 65. Having my piece picked was incredible and I’m glad I was able to have my work viewed and appreciated by others.”

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In March, Fernandez was part of a gallery showing with fellow West Orange AP Art students at the West Orange Arts Center. At the time, he described his work "as a study in self-reflection and evolution."

Fernandez is a digital artist that also enjoys working in pen and pencil. Through his work, he hopes to find his “heart’s desire,” and will major in Art and Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design. 

Read more about "Inspired Minds" and see the artwork for the 2018 show here.

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