Home' Aurora : Aurora June 2013 Contents Beauty is Veritas -- truth
BY TRACEY EDSTEIN
Poet John Keats famously wrote, in "Ode
on a Grecian Urn", "Beauty is truth, truth
beauty - that is all Ye know on earth, and
all ye need to know." A recent art exhibition
titled Veritas II demonstrated the truth of
San Clemente High School Mayfield is
known for the multicultural nature of its
student body and its inclusive community.
It's also developing a reputation for the
remarkable number of talented artists who
belong, and contribute generously, to the
Veritas II, the second exhibition the school
has mounted, takes its name from the
school's Dominican motto Veritas which
means 'truth'. The event had its origins
in the desire to promote and publicise
the creative endeavours of the school's
art teachers, Rose McAllister, Emma
McCarthy and Coralie Crouch, the talented
Principal's Assistant Mary Zeeman and the
students of San Clemente.
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Veritas I was held in 2011 and the response
was such that it was decided the event will
be held every second year. This year there
were 112 exhibits, including photography,
oils, pastels, watercolours and multi-media
works. The range of textures, colours,
images and concepts portrayed was highly
engaging. As well as staff and students,
parents Catherine White Murphy, Catherine
Kavanagh Di Gravio, Anne Spooner and
Hank Zeeman contributed.
An arresting feature of Veritas II was a
display of 45 masks mounted on white
canvas and decorated in myriad ways.
Each artist wrote a statement illuminating
the way in which his or her mask captured
what San Clemente means in their lives.
Year 7 student Ella Magnay's work depicted
a hand holding a book before a smiling face
and underneath she had written, "I really
enjoyed making this artwork and I think it
looks great. I love this school and I hope
this artwork shows that."
The masks were available for sale with all
proceeds going to Caritas, the international
aid and development organisation of the
Catholic Church in Australia.
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Alison Pateman, Director of Schools Ray Collins and art teacher Coralie Crouch
with student artworks at Veritas II.
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