Students Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Exhibit Oeuvre

In order to maintain the momentum built up by World Language Week, St. Luke’s has inaugurated its first annual Visual Arts Week. To help us celebrate, talented artists Payton Cosell Turner ‘04, Haley Sarno and Joseph Hicks will be joining us for Lunch & Leads. The week will end with the Senior Art Show taking place in the Fireplace Commons. These students’ work was hung up last week, so even if you can’t make it to the Art Show on Friday, make sure you take a look this week at the beautiful photography, drawings and paintings decorating the walls near the cafeteria.

It’s a special treat to have these successful artists speak to us this Tuesday and Thursday. A St. Luke’s alumna Payton Cosell Turner will be joining us Tuesday, April 24th, during Upper School lunch to talk to students and faculty members about her career and the company she founded called Flat Vernacular. After her graduation from St. Luke’s, Turner earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. Now, she creates wallpaper of her own design — some hand drawn and some printed. You can see her work in the HBO show Girls, as well as in restaurants in New York City, such as Txikito and Alison Eighteen. Turner’s husband Brian Kaspr runs their company Flat Vernacular out of Brooklyn, New York. Turner has been successful for years, and her work has been praised in publications such as the New York Times, New York Magazine, Elle Décor, W Magazine and others.

Student artist Janay Parrott '13 with her work

Student artist Janay Parrott ’13 with her work

On Thursday, April 26th, we are lucky enough to have Mrs. Sarno’s daughter Haley and her friend Joseph Hicks join us for lunch. Haley Sarno and Joseph Hicks both reside in New York. Presently, Sarno designs jewelry for Marc by Marc Jacobs. In the past, she has worked for Ralph Lauren and Monica Rich Kosann. Sarno majored in Art History at the University of Vermont and became an eminent artist after her graduation in 2003. Hicks graduated from Towson University in 2002 after majoring in Computer Information Systems. He is the Senior Designer for Coach Men’s Accessories, and has also worked for Ralph Lauren and a New York City Company called What Goes Around Comes Around.

These three creative, young artists are excited to explain to students how they became so successful in artistic career paths. If you’re interested in a creative career — or just want to hear about creating your own company or working for Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren — stop by the Center for Leadership this Tuesday or Thursday during lunch. Be sure to check out the Senior Art Show this Friday at 4 p.m. in The Fireplace Commons to support your peers. These students have worked tremendously hard this year and  throughout high school to reach their highest artistic goals — and their work has paid off!

–Meagan Maguire, Staff Writer

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