Student art gallery at Hampton Mansion

Willa Banks, , left, of Ten Hills, co-chair for the Student/Teacher Showcase of the Hampton Arts Initiative, and Marian Simms, a junior at Carver Center for Arts and Technology, look at Simms' photograph during the showcase Sept. 15 at Hampton Mansion in Towson. (Photo by Steve Ruark / September 15, 2012)

Hampton Mansion in Towson often has works of fine art hanging from its walls, much of it historical in nature.

But the exhibit on display Sept. 15-16 reflected views of both the past and present, created by contemporary artists from local elementary, middle and high schools.

Judy Cohen, managing director of Historic Hampton Inc., said the school-based art exhibition had called upon students to submit original works depicting the 18th-century mansion. The effort was a product of the Hampton Arts Initiative, a partnership with the National Park Foundation. Other supporters, she said, include ARAMARK, the Yawkey Foundation, the Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation and the History Channel.

The exhibition was also a partnership with county schools, with Linda Popp and Farrell Maddox, visual art directors with the county school system, serving as coordinators for the students' entries. Many of the works came directly from the county's Summer Art Enrichment Camp, which included a visit to Hampton. Co-chairs for the event were Willa Banks and Leslie Weber.


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At Saturday's showing artists, teachers and family members from Baltimore County and Baltimore joined the Hampton staff to view the entries, enjoy refreshments and applaud the young artists who won awards. Honors were given in categories of Young Artist, Teen Artist and Teacher Artist. The following were honored:

Young Artist — Lucy Yoder-Wells of Stoneleigh Elementary School took first place; Kennedy Stallings of Garrett Heights Elementary, Tavieya Wells of Highlandtown Elementary/Middle and Eros Cruz of Garrett Heights Elementary schools each won an honorable mention.

Teen Artist — first place went to Aubrey Baird of Carver Center for the Arts and Technology; second place went to Julianna Weglein of Loch Raven High School; and third was Marian Simms, also from the Carver Center. Honorable mentions were presented to Emelia Gold of Carver, and Tess Moscato of the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science.

Teacher Artist — first place went to Stewart Emmerich of Vincent Farm Elementary School; second place was Mike Bare (retired) of Hereford High School; and third was Susan Adler Davis of Hernwood Elementary School. Honorable mentions were given to Joanne Bare of Hereford High, Theresa Spadaro of Sparrows Point High School and Annie Yuill of Perry Hall Middle School.