Carlton Henderson's work on display in the "Artist & Educator" exhibit.
Deborah-Ann Lynch, an 11th-grader at Denbigh High School, has been interested in art all her life. She and her best friend from elementary school always drew together, and still do today.
She admits to doodling on all of her school notebooks, especially when she’s bored or after a test. She draws everywhere, including a few places she says she shouldn’t.
“There’s even little drawings on my walls I should probably erase,” she said. “But I really like drawing.”
One of her pieces is part of the second annual “Artist & Educator” exhibition in Templin Gallery on Thomas Nelson’s Hampton campus. The exhibit opened Nov. 11 and ends Jan. 26. It’s the first time her work has been on display.
“It’s really cool,” she said. “It’s so official, people get to come look at it.”
While art has been a part of her life since she was little, this year is the first time since elementary school she has taken an art class. Her art teacher at Denbigh, Shannon Adams, told her about the show and encouraged her to enter a piece.
“I don’t think she knew how good she was until this year,” Adams said of Lynch. “Everyone in class just hovers over (her) and is in awe of everything she does because everything she does is just amazing.”
Another one of Adams’ students, Carlton Henderson, also had a piece of artwork on display. This also was his first show.
“I saw it as a great opportunity,” he said. “It feels great.”
He, too, is a junior at Denbigh, and has been drawing since the fifth grade. He particularly enjoys painting.
“I just like how the colors stand out more,” he said.
The purpose of the show is to give teachers and students an opportunity to showcase their work because the options are limited for both. Adams, who has been teaching for 19 years, including 14 at Denbigh, also had work on display. She said shows like this are important to young artists.
“It’s the first time a lot of them ever see their work hanging up,” she said. “This is the first time I’ve been able to show their work with mine. It’s pretty special. One of the reasons I entered was in hopes of being able to share that experience with them.”
All three hope this show leads to more chances for them to display their creativity.
“I think it’s important … that they see other people appreciate the hard work that they put into it,” Adams said.
The show features work from faculty and students at Hampton, Bethel, Kecoughtan, Phoebus and Woodside high schools, along with Denbigh. Work was done in acrylic, water colors, color pencil, charcoal, cold wax and oil paint, linoleum carving and print, and digital photography.
Deborah-Ann Lynch said participating in her first show was "really cool."