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A Colorful Display of Talent

posted Apr 30, 2014, 9:22 AM by Unknown user

Madi Endicott

        Despite the surplus of two-hour delays and cancellations last semester, the art students at Van Buren managed to put the finishing touches on their art projects in time for the annual Van Buren Juried Art Show, which showcased their work last Thursday through Saturday.

It was no surprise that senior Art IV student Alisa Warren, who won “Rookie of the Year” her freshman year, was the “Rockstar” of the show. She not only had the most votes overall for People’s Choice, but also won numerous awards in multiple categories. Warren swept the pencil and ink category with a first place and second place, along with the “Best of Pencil and Ink” for her piece entitled “Skin.” She also pulled out a first place in the varied and mixed media. As icing on the cake, Warren took “Best of Show” for her watercolor and India ink two-part piece entitled “Shift,” which was featured in the regional show of the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition earlier this year.

Warren’s fellow Art IV classmates also came out on top. Senior Alexa Piccirillo’s nail and thread interpretation of Miley Cyrus received a lot of attention, as it not only won “Best of Varied and Mixed Media,” but also was selected as the “People’s Choice.” Piccirillo’s artistic talent has been showcased in the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition for two years, as last year her scratchboard piece “The Thought” was displayed in Columbus at the final round of the show, and this year, her Miley Cyrus piece made it to the regional round of the exhibition.

Senior Drew Patterson's wheel-thrown pottery piece titled “Antique Intestines” had him taking home the award of “Best of Ceramics/Sculpture/Jewelry.” He also won third place in the same category with his piece, “The Tall Pot.” His print piece entitled “Cinco de Mayo,” which won third place at the Findlay Art League Show last month and was a regional qualifier in the Governor’s Show, won “Best of Printmaking” and he received another third place prize in that category as well.

Senior artists Daniel Roberts and Madi Endicott were also featured in the show. Roberts took second place in the varied and mixed media for his scratch board safari series and Endicott came away with first and third place in painting, and a third place in printmaking.

Junior Shaynah Selario was another standout artist in the show, as she received “Best of Painting” for her fall scene watercolor piece “Down My Old Street.” Selario also took first place in printmaking with her butterfly print piece.

The “Rookie of the Year” went to freshman Justen Stall, who had five pieces selected to be included in the show. He took the first place prize in the digital and graphic arts category, where his fellow freshman classmate Kordell Harr took “Best of Digital and Graphic Arts” for his portfolio. Stall also grabbed a third place and honorable mention in the pencil and ink category.

Congratulations to all of the artists at Van Buren!