Whiz Kid: Skylar Fray
Accomplishment: The 18-year-old Cortlandt Manor resident has an art exhibit that is being shown through June 10 at the
For the past two months, Skylar Fray has been living the life of a working artist.
The senior at Hendrick Hudson High School participated in the Westchester Individualized Senior Experience (WISE) program—where seniors may leave school during the day in their last quarter to pursue a “career” in any field they choose.
For her individualized project, she explored the process of becoming an independent artist—from creating her paintings, framing them, and then finding a venue to show them. The requirements for WISE include research, journal writing, interviews and a presentation to friends, family and evaluators.
Her show entitled “In the Beginning,” can be seen in the playroom gallery at the BeanRunner Café in downtown Peekskill.
“I love the feeling in Peekskill, being surrounded by historical landmarks and all of the artistry downtown,” Skylar said. She has been doing art since she was a little girl and describes her current style as “abstract pop” and a “branch off of fine art.” “My inspirations are Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jim Dine,” she added.
Drew Claxton, art curator for the galleries at the BeanRunner said that Skylar’s work was impressive.
“The paintings are full of vibrant colors and this student’s commitment to art is evident,” Claxton said. “We are happy to give young and upcoming artists the opportunity to show their work.”
Skylar will attend the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in New Mexico this fall and will continue her studies in theater, visual arts and business. At Hendrick Hudson High School she was also a member of the speech team and the drama club.
She said that it means the world to her to have the opportunity to present her work to the public at the café gallery.
“I am so grateful for my mentor, HHHS art teacher Jan Aiello and also for Lisa, Drew and Ted at the BeanRunner who have welcomed me with open arms,” Skylar said.
“I named my exhibition ‘In the Beginning’ because I see this project as the beginning of my journey to a career in art—this show means so much to me.”