Seven New Albany High School students will exhibit their works in the regional level of the 2012 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition.

Seven New Albany High School students will exhibit their works in the regional level of the 2012 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition.

The regional exhibit will be on display May 2-13 at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St. The opening reception is set from 3 to 5 p.m. May 5.

"There are 15 regions in Ohio and the regions have 12,000 entries," art teacher Juliette Montague said. "Only 2,400 pieces are chosen for the regionals, which means (the students) are in the top 20 percent. It's a huge accomplishment for them to be picked as part of the top 20 percent."

None of the students had artwork selected this year for the state exhibition, but the number of works that were selected for the regional exhibit was the most for New Albany in several years, Montague said.

Three students submitted landscapes that were created "en plein-air," or in the open air and not from a photograph or other image, at Swickard Woods on the north side of the high and middle schools.

"We try to use the resources that are available to us," Montague said. "We live in such a digital age, I wanted to show (the students) that they don't have to pull an image off the Internet. They can experience art in a different way."

Four landscapes – two graphite and two pastel – by senior Carly Gundlach were chosen.

Senior Tiana Rogers had two landscape pieces, one of which was a pastel. The other was a mixed-media narrative that included two small shadow boxes filled with images and words.

Junior Juli Sasaki's piece was a color theory painting, which challenged her to match a piece of fabric and duplicate the pattern in the opposite hue.

Senior Sydney Perry submitted a piece made out of small stickers salvaged from a doctor's office. Montague said she regularly collects items that are going to be thrown away.

Senior Elizabeth Settineri completed an oil pastel of a bicycle. It was part of her Advanced Placement art class portfolio, which had to include five pieces she created last summer. Settineri did the piece while taking a class at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Senior Alekhya Polina created two colored pencil still-life drawings in class that she combined to create one piece accepted into the show.

Montague said by submitting their artwork and having to deliver the pieces to the judges, the students learn about exhibiting and competing as an artist.