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Art show at Sullivan-Independence Hall showcases work by 2 students

The works of two local high school artists will go on display later this month in Sullivan-Independence Hall.

The show opens with a reception next Thursday evening, and features the work of Victoria Menard, who just completed her junior year at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, and Julio Palencia, who finished his sophomore year at Fairfield College Preparatory School.

The exhibits are the first sponsored by the Student Gallery Project, a private art-education program based at Art Place on Sanford Street downtown. They include work done under teacher supervision at their respective schools and pieces created independently outside of school, the Gallery Project said.

The works by Menard and Palencia were selected for the show after a review of their portfolios and interviews, according to Cherril Kolesik, the project's director

Menard, 17, is interested in portraiture and still life, the Student Gallery Project said in a news release. Her favorite media are graphite and charcoal, and her exhibit is titled "Making Faces ... and More." She also is interested in makeup artistry and fashion design.

Palencia, 15, produces intricate sketches, according to the release. His favorite media are graphite and colored pencil, and his exhibit is titled "On Cloud 9." In his spare time, he plays soccer and tennis.

Thursday's reception is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular Sullivan-Independence Hall business hours between June 26 and July 10 on Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Student Gallery Project critiques student artwork and teaches young artists about studios, galleries and exhibits, the organization said. Launched in February, the project said it plans to stage two exhibits a year.

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