GLENS FALLS — For 17 years, Erin Coe has watched the region’s student artists put their best work forward in The Hyde Collection’s annual Regional High School Juried Show, and every year she grows more impressed.
“It exceeded my expectations. It seems to do that every year,” said Coe, the museum’s director. “It builds every year, and I think the technical skill of the artists gets better every year.”
There are 100 pieces in the show, which opened Sunday and will be up through May 28 in the renovated Wood Gallery. In all, there were 750 entries for the 26th annual show.
“The technique you see exhibited here, just the level of it, is really outstanding,” said Jennifer Brewer, an art teacher at Queensbury High School, whose students compete in the show.
Coe chose Cheyanne Stunger’s “Nature’s Eye,” a computer-imaging photo illustration, as best in show. Stunger, a junior, is from Argyle Central School and is taught by Rick Fleury.
“I just wanted to find a way to give back to nature, because it is all around us,” said Stunger, who had three pieces, all nature-related, in the show.
Jonathan Canning, The Hyde’s director of curatorial affairs, chose “Forks,” an ink-jet print by Lucy Tougas of Glens Falls High School for the Curator’s Choice Award.
“I am stunned by the creativity and technique shown by these young artists,”
The three Juror’s Choice Awards went to Sydney Hettrich of South Glens Falls for a colored-pencil piece, “Apples;” Emilee Lehmann of Lake George for her photograph, “Beam;” and Jackson Povie of Queenbsuru for a charcoal piece, “Brother.”
The renovation of the gallery, which eliminated some of the walls, opened it up and brightened it, improving the display of the student pieces.
Coe said the students themselves also made it a great show.
“There’s such a diversity of expression by individuals,” she said. “There is mastery of technique and technology. After 26 years, this show is a real legacy.”