- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
Art allows Sleepy Hollow High School students to express emotions, escape, create and unite. Approximately 30 new members of the Art Honor Society expressed these sentiments in essays that they wrote, and they were sworn in on April 15.
The evening also highlighted the Hands for Justice project. Juniors and seniors in Kristen Dreher’s Advanced Placement Art and Portfolio class worked with visiting artist Vanessa Hoheb for two months to create the exhibit.
Hoheb grew up in her father’s art studio and is an accomplished artisan assisting contemporary artists throughout her life. She has created molds and enlarged many pieces of art over the years. She has even restored portions of the Statue of Liberty. Now the artisan has turned artist, with The American Artists’ Hand Archive where she molds master artists' hands.
Hoheb shared her talents with SHHS students whose hands represent ideas they hold deeply and issues that they hold deeply. “The project has been a gift to me,” said Hoheb. “Every piece is powerful.”
Symantha Outlaw and Katie Pina expressed their concerns about gun violence against men of color. Outlaw’s hand is dark skinned and holding a bag of skittles to represent innocence. Pina’s hand is silver and shaped like a gun to symbolize hate and violence.
Christina Napolitano, President of the Arts Honor Socety and Sasha LaLoud used the molds of their hands to express how social media can be artificial and harmful. Their hands hold plastic screens with words like ugly and fake and a broken cell phone.
Gabriel Sherry and Max Long’s hand’s represent education and their concerns about standardize test taking which they say is limiting. Sand falls over their hands that are placed in a box with answer keys. “Sand is hard to grab,” said Sherry. “There are people who are slipping through the education system.”
The project was funded through the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center and The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns. @foundationforthepublicschoolsofthetarrytowns