Randolph High School seniors Hannah Coward and Erin Benard have several of their paintings and drawings on display in the Randolph Town Hall as part of a special exhibit through Oct. 5.
Randolph Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor Frank Perrone said the students enjoyed a special exhibit opening at the town hall in early September and met several township officials and employees, who commended the students on their artwork.
Coward, whose artwork was selected as a program cover by the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, has been an artist her whole life, painting and drawing since she was a little girl. She said she plans to study psychology and art in college, possibly double majoring in psychology and art education or art therapy.
“I love to paint because I am fascinated by color and am fortunate enough to be able to capture images in my head by transferring them onto paper, canvas or any other medium,” Coward said. “It is hard to imagine my life without having some way to create as I’ve been doing it for so long.”
Benard, who said she plans to study art in college as well as architecture, said she studied fine arts and prepared herself for the rigors of college this past summer at the Pratt Institute summer program.
“Art has always been an important part of my life,” Benard said. “The freedom and peace one gets while getting lost in art is extremely important to me and brings me joy. I’ve been able to connect with some of the most important people in my life through art, and I am incredibly thankful for being able to pursue this field.”
Both students thanked art teachers Laurel Oswald Clark and Leah Tomaino, who helped arrange the exhibit at the town hall.
The town hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.