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NHS students share insights about artwork

Cary Ashby • Mar 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Norwalk High School senior Raenna Ramos used school donations to create a collage she titled “Jean Dream.”

The 18-year-old girl used six or seven different colored jeans. The daughter of Alfonso Ramos and Mollie Riley spent 30 to 40 hours of class and personal time to make the collage.

“I was looking for mostly dark jeans. Some you could turn inside out and be light and dark,” she said. “I was really happy with it; it looked really good.”

Raenna Ramos was among 12 NHS students whose artwork won at the regional level. The other regional winners included: Sophomore Michaela Rush; juniors Elliot Adkins, Danielle Ashakih, Ali Brennan, Chase Kluding, Kassidy Smith and Emily Swanson; and seniors Max Berry, Chloe Kramer, Mya Ray and and Ethan Ward.

Brennan spent about 30 hours to make her fabric artwork entitled “Marblehead Beach.” She based it on a photo she took in May.

“I used embroidery thread to stitch on the design,” said the 17-year-old daughter of Brent Thomas and Leigh Brennan. 

“Stitching the clouds was really hard. The thread was really thick, so it was really hard to get through the fabric,” she said. 

“I wanted to add more stuff,” added Ali Brennan, referring to details on the water and rocks. “Mrs. (Tracy) VanBuskirk said it looked good the way it was.”

The process of selecting artwork for the state exhibition begins on a regional level. The judging for the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition takes place Saturday. The exhibit opens April 23 and closes May 18. The art will be on display at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, across from the state capitol. 

From the 12,000 regional entries from the 15 regions, about 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor's Award of Excellence. Scholarships are offered to seniors by more than 30 universities and colleges of art. The selection of scholarships is left strictly up to those institutions which offer them.

The Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of talented young people in the state. Chartered by the Ohio Department of Education, the exhibition is open to all of the 1,112 high schools — both public and private — in the state.

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