Saying it with images

Local student wins scholarship for artwork

Local student wins scholarship for artwork

June 18, 2002|by KATE COLEMAN

Lynnsay Gudgeon remembers coloring in a coloring book when she was 3 years old and telling her mother she wanted to be an artist when she grew up.

Her dream changed a bit by the time she was a high school freshman.

It was then - interrupting a family dinner to look at photographs just back from the developer - that she knew she wanted to be a professional photographer.

"I realized how - when I got pictures back - it was a rush like no other," says she says.

Lynnsay, 17, graduated from Boonsboro High School last week. She'll head off to Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., in the fall, where she plans to major in photography, and possibly computer design.


She recently received a $1,000 scholarship from Washington County Arts Council. There were close to a dozen applicants in several media, says Eli Pollard, Washington County Arts Gallery director and member of the panel of judges.

What drew Pollard to Lynnsay's work was the consistency of its quality, he says. He calls her presentation focused and solid. "I got a sense that all the works had strength," he says. She's serious about her work, Pollard thinks, not just shooting pictures for class assignments.

There is a creative sense of composition and light in Lynnsay's work. Her images capture the moment well, Pollard adds.

Those images are on display at the arts council gallery at 41 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

It was during her art class freshman year that Lynnsay first started photography. Taylor Lemkuhl, who is married to art teacher Pat Lemkuhl, volunteered to teach several interested students the basics of photography.

Lynnsay's also taken a couple of non-credit photography classes, enrolled in the work study program in school and continues to work part time at Myerly & Lowe Photography in Hagerstown.

Nature photography is her favorite pursuit, and among the images she has captured is a close-up of a puddle after a rain. "I just loved how the water beaded up," she says.

Doing photography makes Lynnsay happy. She likes being able to show other people what she's seen with her own eyes.

"I'm no master of words, so that's my way of portraying sometimes even my feelings," she says.

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