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Local K12 students display artistic talents

Tuesday, February 5, 2008  
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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 Hurts."

"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.



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