"Beaded Cup and Saucer"
Bella Vishnevsky tells us that she's "done art as a hobby" since she was little -- that her mother, an aspiring artist herself as a young woman, saw to it that she had a steady stream of opportunities to explore both art and music -- but that it was at BHS that she discovered ceramics. The beadwork on this cup and saucer was a project that taxed her patience, but the result caught the eye of the art teachers choosing the winner of the 2009 D. Bradley Smith Art Purchase Award for 3-dimensional work.
Bella cut a broad swath through the art offerings at BHS, with a class -- or sometimes two! -- almost every semester. She took "too many APs" and played a prominent role in Galaxy, where she contributed writing as well as artwork and a cover design, and provided leadership as co-Editor in Chief. She won the Shirley Jackson Award for her fiction writing.
Outside of school, Bella invested herself in studying piano through the Eastman Community Music School, where she studied under Alla Kuznetsov for twelve years. Her hard work led to dual diplomas in music theory and advanced performance.
Bella looks forward to studying Art History at the University of Rochester, even as she majors in science -- biochemistry, perhaps -- with the intention of pursuing a future in medicine. Along the way, she plans to indulge her love of travel, beginning with a trip under the auspices of Birthright Israel in the summer of 2010. Always thinking ahead, Bella says, "I love travel and volunteering ...and I'm heading for medicine ...I'd love to work for Doctors without Borders." We love that spirit!
photo of the artwork provided by Bella Vishnevsky
photo of the artist provided by Debra Burger
story by Jim Kane
June 18, 2009