SANDYSTON – Student artists from Randolph, High Point and Sparta were awarded the top three prizes at the 2020 High School Student Exhibition at the Peters Valley School of Craft.
The show of work of students from more than a dozen northern New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania high schools will remain on display through at the Sally D. Francisco Gallery located on the second floor of the school’s gift shop on Kuhn Road, just inside the park boundary.
Taking the Best in Show award was Eli Murphy of Randolph High School who hand-forged his own knife then finished it with an intricately inlayed wood and metal handle.
With the top prize goes the Huber-“Weyer Scholarship, a fully paid entry into one of the school’s classes held each year.
Second place was titled Pieces of the Sea, a sculpted and mixed media display by Sarah Randam of High Point Regional High School.
Third place went to Amanda Sansone of Sparta High School for “Man Destroys, then Repairs.” The multi-part piece includes pieces of the Earth in one pile and hands wielding needle and thread attempting to sew the pieces back together.
The gallery is open Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In 1970, soon after the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area was organized as a part of the National Park Service, the NPS helped organize a craft show in the Peters Valley area as a way of drawing people.
The success of that show led to the formation of the Peters Valley Craftsmen and eventually to the School of Craft. Each year, recognized masters and artists in various crafts present multi-day classes. Attendees can commute or stay in the hamlet of Peters Valley where original buildings are in use as classrooms, offices and studios for blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber/surface design, fiber/weaving, fine metals, photography, woodworking and special topics such as glass.
The village is also home to an Anagama kiln, the first one of its kind built in the U.S.
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