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Art contest draws to a close

October 19, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Art is alive and well in the Tri-State area.

Middle and high school student artists created 83 pieces of artwork - paintings, drawings, polymer-clay sculptures, an interestingly shaped ceramic bowl, a painted scene on a clam shell - and entered them in The Herald-Mail's Kids' Art Contest.

Judges were Kimberly Bain, senior graphic designer in The Herald-Mail's advertising department, Assistant Lifestyle Editor Chris Copley, an artist and art instructor, and Ryan Harpster, graphic design editor in The Herald-Mail newsroom.

The judges divided the entries into categories by medium and age. They did not have an easy time choosing the winners, and they had good things to say about work that wasn't chosen for the top spots in four categories.

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Ryan Smith's "Lizard" took first place among 11 middle school drawings entered in the contest.

The 12-year-old Springfield Middle School eighth-grader said he likes drawing animals. And he likes reptiles. He had drawn "Lizard" in steps as a project in Jeanne Norris' art class. The Fairplay resident drew the lizard in detail, and without detail. He drew only the outline, then different parts separately, then the parts together, and then painted it. Ryan likes the detail image best. So did the judges.

Seventeen-year-old Amanda Stohl's pencil drawing of a deer was first among 41 drawings entered by high school students.

"Good stuff," Harpster said. "The lines are so soft."

Six entries were judged in the three-dimensional and multimedia category.

Seventeen-year-old Frances Marie "Franz" Battung's basket of flowers took first place. Except for pipe cleaner stamens, the flowers and basket are made entirely of duct tape. The project was an assignment in teacher Aaron Hopkins' art class.

"It would take a long time to make one of these," Copley said.

Yes. It took two or three hours over two or three days, said Franz, who came to the United States from the Philippines in June. She is an exchange student in the 12th grade at Smithsburg High School and is living with Jim and Linda Stayer of Smithsburg.

Twenty-one paintings were judged, inspiring a lot of discussion. Harpster liked the creativity and execution in Crystal Nicely's "Unique Colors," painted in acrylics. "Acrylics are very unforgiving," Harpster said.

"I enjoy it," Copley said of Lauren Ippolito's untitled goldfish.

They really liked Sarah Hess' untitled ink wash of a camera, and Erin Matonak's "Lady in Blue."

But Amanda Stohl's untitled painting of fish with a green background - a work in acrylic paint and pastels - won the class, and then Best in Show and the contest's $50 top prize.

"Oh, my gosh, I almost didn't send that one in," she said.

The Warfordsburg, Pa., resident, who is a junior at Southern Fulton Junior-Senior High School, has been making art since she was young.

She said she likes working in any media - watercolor, charcoal, pastels and oil and acrylic paint.

Amanda spent five weeks at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts in Erie, Pa., last summer, and said she's considering a career as an art instructor.

"I haven't quite found my style," she said, but added, "I think I'm getting close to it."

Amanda said her $50 prize is "going to art."

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