Amelia Trettel, 17, holds down fellow senior’s self portraits as Dallastown Area School District students set up their display at York Arts@CityArt
Amelia Trettel, 17, holds down fellow senior's self portraits as Dallastown Area School District students set up their display at York Arts@CityArt Gallery, Sunday March 30, 2014. Art from nine area schools will be on display through May 30, with Dallastown running until April 5. For more information go to www.yorkarts.org John A. Pavoncello - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com

A self portrait is the hardest piece she's done.

The skin tone and face staring back at the painter provided challenges for Anna Lipinski, an 18-year-old art student and senior at Dallastown Area High School.

"It's tough because you have to separate how you think you look from how you actually look in a picture or mirror," she said.

Her self portrait is one of many art selections on display this week at CityArt Gallery, a subsidiary of nonprofit YorkArts located at 118 W. Philadelphia St. in York City.

Dallastown art will be on display at the city gallery through Saturday, and students will be on hand from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday during a First Friday reception.

A different school will be featured each of the following eight weeks, as students install exhibits, organize receptions and learn how to display their work in an art gallery.

While Dallastown students set up their work Sunday, they listened to art teachers Tom Myers and Jillian Kowalewski discuss the importance of placement.

"You have to think about flow. You don't want anything tall in the middle of the room. You want people to be able to walk around and take everything in, and be able to see the work," Myers said.

Students discussed shades, textures, styles and lighting as they decided where to put easels and other displays.

The work being showcased includes watercolors, charcoal drawings, paintings, sculptures, fiber and ceramics.


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One of Lipinski's paintings shows an autumn tree as the background behind the words of Georgia O'Keeffe: "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way — things I had no words for."

It's Lipinski's favorite quote and a sentiment adopted by many Dallastown art students.

"Art allows me to get my emotions out in a creative way instead of a mean way. It allows me to show how I feel," said 17-year-old senior Amelia Trettel.

Trettel picked pieces that showed a range of artistic ability and style, she said.

"They are pieces I put a lot of thought into, and I hope they will inspire thought," Trettel said.

One of Jeanne Boyle's favorite parts of displaying work in a gallery is the thought it might inspire.

"So many different things can be expressed. Two people can look at a finished piece and see two totally different things," the 18-year-old senior said.

That's why where art is placed really matters, said 18-year-old senior Rachel Barker.

"You have to consider the composition of each piece and they complement each other. Size matters, too," she said.

When guests go to the gallery to see the students' work, they will find a well-developed art program, Myers said.

"They'll see the students are getting a well-balanced art education. They'll see the importance of art in curriculum. School budgets are tight, but if you take away art programs, you take away creative thinkers. You take away young artists," he said.

— Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.

The Schedule

Dallastown Area High School: Monday through Saturday

York Country Day School: April 6 - 12

Kennard-Dale High School: April 13 - 19

Northeastern High School: April 20 - 26

York Suburban High School: April 27 - May 3

West York Area High School: May 4 - 10

Red Lion High School: May 11 - 17

William Penn High School: May 18 - 24

Logos Academy: May 25 - 31