The walls of the Yadkin County Public Library are adorned with artwork created by high school students across the county. The 2012 High School Art Exhibit and Contest held its reception on May 10.
The contest featured 12 categories. Students were allowed to enter one piece per category. Students from Forbush and Starmount High schools participated as well as students from Yadkin Early College and Yadkin Success Academy.
“It’s always great to see the art displayed in a public place,” said Leslie Davis, art teacher for Forbush High School. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the community to see what the students have done from all of the high schools across the county.”
Students were invited to attend the reception with their family and friends to talk to community members about what they learned and what inspired their pieces.
Starmount High School senior Caroline Kraft won two first place ribbons under the categories of fibers and photography.
Her fibers piece was a handbag created from plastic grocery bags.
“The plastic bag I did was part of a project that we did to teach us about recycling and using green materials,” Kraft said. “It is made out of grocery bags crocheted together. This was the first time I did it but I liked it.”
Kraft also entered a picture in the photography category and swept first place once more.
“The photograph I did was just a hobby I like to do,” Kraft said. “I like to take photographs at interesting angles and edit them. I took the picture in Rockford, NC at an old general store with a regular Kodak camera, nothing fancy.”
Kraft plans to continue to use art in her future when she heads to UNC Charlotte in the fall. She plans to attend architecture school.
Kallie Ford, another Starmount senior, also had two pieces featured in the contest. Her mixed media entry earned her first place.
“I just really like surrealism and I thought that maybe eyelashes would be cool as trees,” Ford said. “I was surprised this one won first because I actually thought the other one would win because everyone really liked it.”
Ford also plans to attend UNC Charlotte in the fall and would like to major in landscape architecture.
The art teachers in attendance were also able to see what’s being done at other schools and use it to enhance their own art programs.
“I’ve loved seeing the things that other students have done from the other schools,” Davis said. “I would like to expand the art program at Forbush High School so that our students could also try those things. It’s always cool to see what other artists are doing and building upon those things.”
The student’s work will be on display at Yadkin County Public Library until May 29. Visitors can see the work during the library’s normal business hours Monday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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