Since Saturday, April 28th, the Robsham Art Center has played host to a gallery entitled “Teachers’ Work.” The exhibition features the talents of current Belmont Hill art teacher Steve Kaplan (‘83), Dedham Country Day art teacher Kevin Coakley, Mr. Kaplan’s classmate at Belmont Hill, and Whitey Morange, a cornerstone art teacher at Belmont Hill from 1978 through 2012, who helped instill in Mr. Kaplan and Mr. Coakley a passion for the arts while they were in his class some forty years ago.
Mr. Kaplan contributed a wide array of woodworking creations to the gallery, including a headboard, crafted in 2015, a dining room table, the long-awaited fulfillment of a twenty-year-old promise he made to Mrs. Kaplan for their house, and finally an intricate lamp, fashioned from reclaimed cherry. Mr Coakley offered several remarkable pottery items, including three broken tulips, three eye-catching green vases, and four elegant lobster buoys. Mr. Morange dealt principally with photography and painting, producing vivid still-lifes and landscapes of his new Connecticut home. Reflecting on the compilation Mr. Kaplan expressed tremendous gratitude to the Belmont Hill community for allowing him to join forces with an old friend and a cherished mentor in the first display of his artwork at his alma mater. Furthermore, while the Teachers’ Work gallery will not be returning next year, Mr. Kaplan found the process “good for the soul.” However, when asked how the gallery turned out, he turned to the school community: “well,” he offered, “that’s for you to decide.” The exhibit is open to all visitors until May 18th.