DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

November 1, 2012

Art in Action features LHS student

By James Niedzinski jniedzinski@derrynews.com
Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — Dean Sheldon has been interested in art from a young age. Now, he finally has a chance to see what a real art show experience will be like.

Sheldon, a sophomore at Londonderry High School, will be featured during Art in Action, an art show on Nov. 3 and 4 at Shady Hill Greenhouses in Londonderry.

“Dean’s experience will not just be about painting,” show chairman Jason Williams said. “He will be learning the ins and outs of how to run an art show.”

Dean said he always gets his inspiration from the world surrounding him, with the fall foliage and colors providing a great source.

While he paints mostly landscapes, Dean said he has began to step outside his comfort zone.

He said he has been painting since a young age and got fully immersed with art classes at Londonderry High School with art teacher Mimi Johnson.

He would often come into the art room during his free time.

“He has a folk-artsy way of expressing his feeling in his art through watercolor,” Johnson said. “Recently, he has been challenging himself to push his technical skills further.”

Dean is being featured as a part of the Londonderry Art Council’s initiative to reach out to younger generations and inspire them, Williams said.

She said there is much more to the art world than just simply painting, Dean has his work cut out for him.

“I really want to get out there more, marketing and selling my art,” Dean said. “It will definitely help me in the future.”

Williams and Johnson hope Dean’s involvement with Art in Action will inspire a younger generation of artists.

“Art is important not only to the students’ education, but also to the community at large,” Johnson said.

Art in Action is open both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shady Hill Greenhouses, 1 Adams Pond Road.