Art in the Dark packs ’em in

The Historic Greybull Hotel was filled to overflowing Friday night as about 300 people roamed the rooms and halls to view the 51 illuminated exhibits displayed by Big Horn County School District No. 3 art students.

Each “critic” could vote on his/her favorite and when the votes were counted, the “people’s choice” was the project of GHS senior Nevin Brown, who received a ribbon, certificate and $100.

Brown’s project started with an old window frame stored in the family garage.  The glass was replaced with mirrors centered with a picture of her and her boyfriend. A shelf was built onto the frame, and feathers, candles, flowers and white lights highlighted the project.

“It was very white,” instructor Karyne Dunbar explained.

Shanae Cummings was the runner-up with her “black-light tiger” and Alex Preis took third place with her storm cloud over flowers. Luis Burgos created a “time machine,” which came in fourth.

Forty-nine of the entries were created by GHS students. The remaining two were the work of GMS students enrolled in the Art Partnership class implemented this year.

The two, Cassie FitzSimmons and Megan Mikus, entered their projects, knowing that it was high school competition. But, Dunbar said, the two “did so with all the confidence in the world,” and ended up taking fifth and sixth, respectively, in the voting.

“Obviously, their confidence was not unfounded,” Dunbar added.

The 51 projects will be included in a combined exhibition with Riverside High School scheduled April 12 at the Shell Community Hall. That event will feature pottery, drawings, paintings and assemblage.

Out-of-town judges will critique the work. Winners will advance to the State High School Art Symposium in Casper.