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Easthampton High School artists exhibit at Elusie Gallery

  • Easthampton High School senior Rebecca Aubrey has work in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Easthampton High School senior Rebecca Aubrey has work in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.
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  • Easthampton High School senior Grayson Nash has work in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Easthampton High School senior Grayson Nash has work in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.
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  • Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Emily Dyer, Rebecca Aubrey and Grayson Nash have works in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Emily Dyer, Rebecca Aubrey and Grayson Nash have works in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.
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  • Easthampton High School multimedia teacher Eileen Claveloux and art teacher James Ilson meet with seniors, from left, Emily Dyer, Rebecca Aubrey and Grayson Nash who have works in the sixth annual EHS art festival opening May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Easthampton High School multimedia teacher Eileen Claveloux and art teacher James Ilson meet with seniors, from left, Emily Dyer, Rebecca Aubrey and Grayson Nash who have works in the sixth annual EHS art festival opening May 2 at the Old Town Hall.
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  • Easthampton High School multimedia teacher Eileen Claveloux and art teacher James Ilson meet with seniors, from left, Emily Dyer, Rebecca Aubrey and Grayson Nash who have works in the sixth annual EHS art festival opening May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/><br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Easthampton High School multimedia teacher Eileen Claveloux and art teacher James Ilson meet with seniors, from left, Emily Dyer, Rebecca Aubrey and Grayson Nash who have works in the sixth annual EHS art festival opening May 2 at the Old Town Hall.

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  • Easthampton High School senior Emily Dyer has work in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Easthampton High School senior Emily Dyer has work in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.
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  • Jean-Pierre Pasche, owner of Eastmont Custom Framing and Elusie Gallery, has been working with art students from Easthampton High School to prepare for the sixth annual EHS arts festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall. This piece is by senior Rebecca Aubrey.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Jean-Pierre Pasche, owner of Eastmont Custom Framing and Elusie Gallery, has been working with art students from Easthampton High School to prepare for the sixth annual EHS arts festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall. This piece is by senior Rebecca Aubrey.
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  • Jean-Pierre Pasche, owner of Eastmont Custom Framing and Elusie Gallery, has been working with art students from Easthampton High School to prepare for the sixth annual EHS arts festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall. This piece is a triptych in charcoal by senior Emily Dyer.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Jean-Pierre Pasche, owner of Eastmont Custom Framing and Elusie Gallery, has been working with art students from Easthampton High School to prepare for the sixth annual EHS arts festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall. This piece is a triptych in charcoal by senior Emily Dyer.
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  • PHOTO BY JEAN-PIERRE PASCHE<br/>Easthampton High School media art teacher Eileen Claveloux works with students Grayson Nash, in the back, Ericka Cross, back to camera, and Rebecca Aubrey, at right, at Eastmont Framing in Easthampton.  Eileen Claveloux

    PHOTO BY JEAN-PIERRE PASCHE
    Easthampton High School media art teacher Eileen Claveloux works with students Grayson Nash, in the back, Ericka Cross, back to camera, and Rebecca Aubrey, at right, at Eastmont Framing in Easthampton. Eileen Claveloux Purchase photo reprints »

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  • Triptych by Emily Dyer

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  • A girl looks at Manhattan from atop Mount Tom in  'Manhattan Dream' by Nicole Lewandowski.

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  • Easthampton High School senior Rebecca Aubrey has work in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Easthampton High School senior Grayson Nash has work in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Emily Dyer, Rebecca Aubrey and Grayson Nash have works in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Easthampton High School multimedia teacher Eileen Claveloux and art teacher James Ilson meet with seniors, from left, Emily Dyer, Rebecca Aubrey and Grayson Nash who have works in the sixth annual EHS art festival opening May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Easthampton High School multimedia teacher Eileen Claveloux and art teacher James Ilson meet with seniors, from left, Emily Dyer, Rebecca Aubrey and Grayson Nash who have works in the sixth annual EHS art festival opening May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/><br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Easthampton High School senior Emily Dyer has work in the sixth annual EHS art festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Jean-Pierre Pasche, owner of Eastmont Custom Framing and Elusie Gallery, has been working with art students from Easthampton High School to prepare for the sixth annual EHS arts festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall. This piece is by senior Rebecca Aubrey.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Jean-Pierre Pasche, owner of Eastmont Custom Framing and Elusie Gallery, has been working with art students from Easthampton High School to prepare for the sixth annual EHS arts festival which opens May 2 at the Old Town Hall. This piece is a triptych in charcoal by senior Emily Dyer.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • PHOTO BY JEAN-PIERRE PASCHE<br/>Easthampton High School media art teacher Eileen Claveloux works with students Grayson Nash, in the back, Ericka Cross, back to camera, and Rebecca Aubrey, at right, at Eastmont Framing in Easthampton.  Eileen Claveloux
  • By Leah Stabile
  • Triptych by Emily Dyer
  • Andy Warhol by Stephanie Kubasek
  • A girl looks at Manhattan from atop Mount Tom in  'Manhattan Dream' by Nicole Lewandowski.

Students at Easthampton High School are getting a taste of what it’s like for artists in the real world. In a class at the high school, students learn that making art is just the first step in the process, and that taking their work from the studio to the community requires as much dedication and creativity.

Six years ago, Easthampton High School’s media arts teacher, Eileen Claveloux, decided to teach her students how to finish their creations, to frame them and to display them where they can be seen by the public.

She teamed up with local gallery owner Jean-Pierre Pasche, who teaches Claveloux’s students how to frame and prepare their artwork for display. It’s all part of an opportunity that allows her students to explore a fuller artistic experience, and to share the message of their art to the world, Claveloux says.

“There are a lot of opportunities for kids that are really into sports,” Claveloux said in a phone interview last week. “I think it’s really important for the kids in the arts to have the opportunity to shine and excel in their communities as well.”

When Claveloux proposed the idea of a student art exhibit she received a grant to pursue the project from the Easthampton Learning Foundation. The foundation has contributed each year since.

From there she took her idea to Pasche of Eastmont Custom Framing and the Elusie Gallery, both located in the Old Town Hall. Pasche agreed to volunteer his time, walking students through the process of framing, displaying and even how to sell their work.

Claveloux has reserved the Elusie and ECA+ galleries to exhibit framed work produced by students in her media art classes as well as by students in Jimmy Ilson’s studio art classes. The event opens today with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. The work will remain in the galleries through May 4.

The student works incorporate various mediums, including panorama photographs, and “dream images,” surreal pictures, shot and then put together on Photoshop. Among the exhibited works are seniors Rebecca Aubrey’s pond landscape and Grayson Nash’s panorama of the old ski resort at Mount Tom in Holyoke.

Aubrey photographed Nashawannuck Pond while on a walk with her art class last fall, during the season’s colorful peak. Blending her photos together on Photoshop, she created a panorama of the pond.

Nash created his piece through a similar process after photographing Mount Tom. This is the first time Aubrey and Nash will have their art displayed in the exhibition. Emily Dyer, also a senior, has participated in the event before and says she’s excited to be involved again. She says it feels great to frame her art and present it for others to see.

“The night of the art show is fun itself. You not only get to see your stuff but everyone else’s,” Dyer said in an interview in an art room in the new high school building that opened last week.

Field trips

“We have this wonderful collaboration with Jean-Pierre Pasche. He donates an enormous amount of time and energy,” Claveloux said. “They get to see the work transform into the finished product and that blows the kids away.”

Beginning in February students take trips, after school or during Claveloux’s prep time, in small groups to Pasche’s gallery. Pasche helps them pick out the mat board, frame and other materials necessary to prepare their work for display. Then they frame their work themselves.

“I’ve never been involved in framing before, picking out mat boards and frames,” Nash said. “It was a cool process to see how it all worked.”

Working with Pasche, he says, gives students the unique opportunity to see what it’s like to be a professional artist.

“It was very hands on,” Nash said. “It brought it to life.”

Pasche says there’s a great lesson for students participating in this process, and that the framing and presentation of artwork makes a difference in viewers’ perception of it. Because the students to pick out the mat board and frame for their work, Pasche says, they see for themselves how it effects the presentation and can be used to enhance their work.

Pasche said volunteering his time is not only valuable in the opportunity for the students but is also a way to give back to the greater Easthampton community.

“What I enjoy the most is being a part of this whole art and cultural community revival that’s going on in Easthampton. It’s one way of bringing art to the school, but also bringing art from the school out into the community,” Pasche said. “The students are very interested, proud and happy to see their work framed and then on the walls of a gallery. It’s gratifying on all counts.”

The opening reception is today from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will also feature performances by the EHS jazz combo and drama improv groups in the Flywheel performance space.

The Elusie Gallery, ECA+ Gallery and Flywheel are located in the Old Town Hall, 43 Main St. in Easthampton. The event is free and open to public. For information call ECA+ at 527-8278 or visit easthamptoncityarts.com.

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