NFA Senior Showcases Love of Art During Gallery Series



     Newburgh Free Academy senior Gaelen McCartney describes himself as an artist since birth.

     “Ever since I can remember, my favorite past time has been creating. Whether it may be finding new paints, building an outdoor sculpture, or arranging an assortment of found materials, I was inspired to create as much as I could,” he explained.

     McCartney began art lessons in kindergarten as a student in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. “From that day on, I was inspired to pursue my education in the arts,” said McCartney.

     McCartney began taking classes outside of the traditional classroom as well, including the Barrett Art Center, the Wallkill River School and the Mill Street Loft Art Center.

     Recently, the budding artist exhibited his work in a Newburgh Free Academy Gallery Series show, inviting friends, teachers and family members to come view his work, ranging from paintings and photography to ceramics.

     McCartney will continue his education next year at the Tyler School of Art, at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

     "I hope to someday spread my joy of art to the rest of the world; so they can one day enjoy it as much as I do," he explained.

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