-For Discover Parkland-
Mark Hominda, a senior at Franklin Pierce High School, stood with crossed arms as he explained the long, arduous process that went into creating the sculptures on the nearby podium.
His two sculptures, a penguin and a goldfish, were made entirely out of welded and airbrushed horseshoes. These pieces took best in show at the gallery opening for PY // Art from Parkland’s Youth.
The opening took place in PLU’s Wekell Gallery on Friday, April 26, and showcased artwork from local high school students as a way to bridge the gap between PLU’s campus and the greater Parkland area.
The exhibition was the brain child of long-time Parkland resident and PLU alum, Sarah Wise. Wise grew up in Parkland. She learned to swim in the PLU pool, rode her bike around campus, and went to Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Later, as a PLU student herself, Wise was disappointed to hear some of the negative stereotypes formed about PY, or Parkland Youth on PLU’s campus by students who weren’t from the area.
“It was a very nasty shock to become a student in 2007 and start hearing students and faculty referring to PY in a negative way,” said Wise. “Whenever I heard the term, I would respond that ‘I’m from Parkland. I’m a PY.’ and everyone just told me ‘well, we don’t mean you.’ But they did mean my friends and the community I had grown up in, didn’t they?”
Wise’s frustrations over this issue led her to put together PY // Art from Parkland’s Youth as her final project for her master’s degree at Savannah College of Art and Design. She intended for the project to unite community and art in a way that would create a positive dialogue between current PLU students and local high school students.
The exhibition features artwork from 21 different students from both Washington High School and Franklin Pierce High School. Mediums ranged from horseshoe sculptures, to watercolors, to pencil drawings, and many more.
“I’m very impressed…there are so many talented youth in Parkland,” said Bailey Smith, a first year student at PLU.