Local K12 students display artistic talents
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
By Guest Writer
Talon Editorial Staff
Kenna Maria Baker needs a burst of love. The sophomore at Yukon (Okla.) high
school has watched friends and family deal with love issues. She has even dealt
with some issues of her own.
For now, Baker has seen love shoot people in the back too many times.
"When relationships go wrong it's like a bullet in the back," Baker
said. "I've been shot in the back by love and it kind of makes you want to
give up on it."
Baker entered her most recent work of art, "Burst of Love," in the
2008 Youth Impressions Juried Art Show sponsored by the Fine Arts Institute of
Edmond. Works of art from first through twelfth graders across Oklahoma were
hung in Oklahoma Christian University's McIntosh Conservatory between Jan. 14
and Jan. 25.
According to Edmond Memorial High School junior Macy Jennings, "there is
no such thing as bad art."
"Since art is an expression, it can be anything you want it to be,"
Jennings said. "It can help convey a point and help people see things
through your [the artist's] eyes."
Jennings was exposed to fine arts at a young age, when she started playing the
piano, but added art to her skills in junior high.
"My friend started drawing, and I am really competitive, so I started too,"
Jennings said. "I wanted to beat her, but then I just stuck with it
because I really liked it."
Kandice Germann, a junior and AP Studio Art student at East Central High School
in Tulsa, Okla., sketched a self-portrait done in charcoal and entered it into
the show where she won an honorable mention award for her talent.
"It feels really great to know that my artwork is actually good and that
other people see it worthy to receive recognition," Germann said.
Germann was encouraged to enter the contest by her art teacher, Clancy Gray.
Lisa Grady, a tenth grade art student from Deer Creek High School drew her work
as an assignment for her art class. She said her art teacher told the class to
select two things from a magazine – a picture and a phrase – that didn't
normally go together and bring them together in their work in some way.
Grady compiled the phrase "sometimes love hurts" and a boy watching
cookies bake through the window of an oven door for her piece entitled "Love
"I was kind of in a depressed mood," Grady said when asked why she
selected the phrase.
Lauren Kerr, a senior at Casady High School captures the spirit of a dancing
queen in her latest photograph.
Kerr feels that the photograph captures the spirit of her cousin and took pride
in developing the shot. She develops her own photographs and developed this one
in black-and-white intentionally.
"I kind of like an old fashioned feel to my photos. I like that you have
to take the photograph and develop it yourself. It makes it look more rustic."
Kerr must have done something well because hanging around the picture is a
brown ribbon from the Fine Arts Institute in Edmond. The ribbon is a
recognition award presented sparsely throughout the student artwork.
Sophomore at Edmond Santa Fe High School Alexandra Harris, received a Special
Recognition Award from Fine Arts Institute Friends and Patrons Steve and Beth
Kerr for one of her entries, entitled "Regret."
"It was really easy to enter the show. My mom heard about it from the
paper, so we filled out the paperwork and sent it in," Harris said. "It
only took about five minutes to get my work up there. All the artwork was put
up on portable white-boards."
Harris submitted two pieces of work for the contest. One was a pencil drawing
of face entitled "Daydream," and the winning piece "Regret"
was a watercolor.
Lindsay Marotta, a senior at Edmond Memorial, had two pieces featured. Both
pieces are photos that were taken in London, England while traveling on a
school sponsored trip.
After taking Advanced Placement European history, Marotta and three other
students spent 17 days traveling around England.
"After taking so many portraits, they were all abstract by the end of the
trip," Marotta said.
Marotta has a great appreciation for a variety of different art techniques
including, painting, drawing and chalk. She prefers painting and drawing but
enjoys the subject of art in general.
The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond is a non-profit organization that offers
instruction to youth and adults in the visual and performing arts. In addition
to the arts show, the Fine Arts Institute holds and Annual Children's Play and
hosts classes throughout the year.
Students were allowed to submit up to two pieces of work at a fee of $3 per
entry or $5 for two entries.
The Fine Arts Institute presented $25 Awards of Excellence and $25 Special Recognition
Awards at a special ceremony on Jan. 15 in the Garvey Center.