Last week, students in the Canyon Del Oro Photo Imaging 3 class held their first photo exhibit of the year in the Noble Street Gallery on the school’s campus.

The photography students are also members of the school’s Gallery Club.

The theme for the first show was architecture. About 50 different pieces of photography hung in the gallery with creative color and black and white photos from New York, Las Vegas, Tucson and other cities.

Senior Chelsea Hoel, who has assumed the role of the publicist for the class of 19 students, said this show was partially inspired by the group’s recent fieldtrip to Las Vegas for a 3-day conference and workshop.

“We had the fall break and our sessions,” Hoel said. “I went to New York so my pictures are actually all from New York. I know that there are some who just went out on excursions.”

About 200 students, family and staff from the school came by the gallery on Oct. 24. All of the money earned from the photo sales goes back into the club to pay for future trips and guest speakers.

Class instructor Lee Street found the opening show for his Photo Imaging 3 to be the best he has had in years, and attributes it in part to how his students work together.

“This year’s group, unlike any group that I have ever had before, works really, really well as a team,” Street said.

But beyond the show, which was entitled “Ziggurat,” the club has plans to hold shows from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., one night of each month with different themes.

For the show on Jan. 23, 2013, called “Duality,” students in the photography class will be paired up with another student in the Advanced Studio Art class. Together, the two will create art, in their respective mediums, which will be shown side by side.

“We are going to do opposites,” Hoel said. “Say, if I were paired up with an art student and our opposites were light and dark I would take a picture that was light, and she would do an art piece that was dark.”

Another show, which will be on Feb. 27, 2013, called “Petite,” the students will be printing and displaying their images – all of which will be no larger than five by seven inches.

Senior Rachel Gilbreath, president of the Gallery Club, said she really likes the idea that she and her classmates have a formal way to show off their artwork to the general public.

“I think it is a great experience, as high school students, we have the ability to run a professional-grade gallery,” Gilbreath said.

One of the shows that Street is particularly fond of is, “Tree of Knowledge,” scheduled for April 24, 2013.

The idea of that show is for a student to take something they learned in another class and turned it into a piece of art.

“That show highlights cross-curricular teaching,” Street said. “They are literally taking information that they learned in a different class and processing it, and showing that they know that information, through photography.”

 (Editor’s Note: For a full schedule of upcoming photo shows to be presented by the CDO Photo students, visit The Explorer’s website at

The Noble Street Gallery (Building N, room 207 CDO Campus)

Show Openings:

All shows are from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Oct. 24 – Ziggurat

Nov. 14 – Three 

Dec. 18 – How Cliché

Jan. 23 – Duality

Feb. 27 – Petite

Mar. 4 – My Style

Mar. 24 – Shot in the Dark

April 24 – Tree of Knowledge

May 15 – Fin

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