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Senior Emily Hazelip Creates Repurposed Art from JSerra Treasure Trove

Who knew there were treasure troves to be found in the corners and closets of JSerra? A few years ago Librarian Jeanne Swedo discovered over one hundred vintage National Geographic magazines in a library closet.

Fortunately, instead of tossing the dusty magazines in the recycling bin, she asked the Fine Arts Department whether they could use them. Visual Arts Teachers Monica McQueen and Brad Smith were thrilled and have since incorporated these beautiful magazines for various art projects.

This year senior and AP Art and Design student Emily Hazelip decided to use the magazines for her year-long investigation into the theme of "Man and Nature Co-Existing." An aide for the Science Department, Hazelip was working in Busch Hall when found even more National Geographic issues — this time from the 1960's.

"No one in the Science Department knew why they were there or needed them, so we were gifted again," said McQueen, who is also Fine Arts Department Chair and Arts Magnet Co-Chair. "Emily has since created works of art with these repurposed hidden treasures. She is a very talented artist and I hope everyone enjoys her creations as much as we do."