NAHS art show inducts new members, displays work


Marissa Ho

Senior Sebrina Gao of Freehold makes a speech at the induction.

Katherine Lombardi

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) held its annual art show and induction on Friday March 29, providing CHS student artists an opportunity to showcase work and receive recognition for their talents. The club inducted 27 new members and displayed over 100 art pieces.

The show featured a variety of submissions, including paintings, sketchbooks, digital art and sculptures, along with projects from CHS classes such as Intro to Design, Advanced Design and Digital Photography. In addition, Photo Club displayed a selection of their members’ work, and Lit Mag held a series of poetry readings prior to the induction ceremony.

Freshman Dani McLaughlin of Tinton Falls was featured in the show for the first time. She submitted a chalk pastel portrait, based off an image from the internet.

“It was actually really weird because I did most of the work for it last school year, but at a place where I took art classes and I didn’t have the time to go back [to finish] until recently,” McLaughlin said.

The induction ceremony, led by NAHS advisers and design teachers Shelley Ortner and Laura Fallon, welcomed the club’s newest members and congratulated them on their excellence in the visual arts. In order to be inducted, students must display “outstanding ability and keen interest” in the arts, and maintain a minimum GPA of 85.00 with an average of 92.00 or above in art-related courses, according to the application.

NAHS inductee and junior Lauren Tarigo of Sea Girt said the club has already created a positive experience for her.

“I joined NAHS because I really like visual communications and graphic design,” Tarigo said. “Now that I’m in the society, I feel really blessed and I’m astonished by the talent around me.”

Sophomore Catie Procyk of Colts Neck submitted a wide collection of works to the art show and enjoyed watching her personal development as an artist. Like Tarigo, she also took value in the opportunity to appreciate her peers’ work.

“It’s fun being able to see everyone’s [art],” Procyk said. “And it’s nice to see your work with everything, to be able to compare and see how much you’ve grown.”