Thursday, June 20, 2024

“Hope,” by Hannah Ashe, will be among the photographs on display through March in The Fay Chandler Gallery.

Also showing are self-portraits in graphite, such as this one by Arjun Joyce, and works including “Moroccan Red” by Youssef Eddafali.

For those inclined to look at art and complain, “My kid could have done that,” here’s an art exhibit where they probably did. But with the high level of instruction and accomplishment in the Art Department of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, that’s hardly an insult.

The “Creativity is Alive!” exhibit at The Fay Chandler Gallery opened Monday and runs through March 2, with a reception with the artists Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Work on view includes photographs by students in classes taught by Debi Milligan and Archy LaSalle; ceramic pieces from a class taught by John Gould; jewelry created by students of Bianca Hegre; and drawings from the “Foundations of Art: Self-Portraits” class taught by Elizabeth Menges.

“All portraits were drawn by students in graphite from photograph or mirror. This was the most challenging project for them because it involved a high level of technical skill and forced them to draw what they saw instead of using the symbols in their head,” Menges said, giving a sense of how seriously the school takes its teaching. “This amount of analysis and close observation helped them notice the beautiful eccentricities of each of their faces, and created a new level of comfort with themselves and their drawing abilities.”

Hours for the exhibit are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The gallery is at 20 Sacramento St., in the Agassiz neighborhood near the Porter Square T stop on the red line. For information, click here.

This post took significant amounts of information from a press release.