Tooele High School senior Anastasea Maxwell stood in the hallway above the Tooele High School cafeteria.
She pointed to her charcoal drawing of jazz musician Duke Ellington and described how she rubbed the paper with the flat edge of the charcoal to create the soft gray background. She drew fine lines that show the intricate detail in Ellington’s coat and the cracks on his weathered lips with the sharp point of the charcoal.
Pressing firmly on the end of the charcoal, Maxwell created the shiny black wood of Ellington’s piano. She also carefully captured the gaze in his eyes and the dark circles under the eyes.
“I was inspired because I play the piano and was looking for some music to play and I found his piece, ‘In a Sentimental Mood,’” Maxwell said.
Maxwell’s drawing is one of many pieces of artwork on display in Tooele High School’s upper hallway’s art corner as part of the 2019 Annual THS Art Show.
The art show opened Monday and runs until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, according to THS art teacher Ruth Nichols.
“It’s open to the public anytime the building is open,” Nichols said.
The show includes paintings, drawings, photographs, graphics, pottery, and mixed medium.
An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. Judges will award first through third place in each category and one overall best of show.
The judges are members of the local community with experience in art. Many of them are former art teachers, according to Nichols.
The art show can be accessed by entering THS through the front doors and heading up the stairs and turning to the left at the top. THS is at 301 W. Vine Street in Tooele City.