Marion Country Art Contest

Good news from the Visual Art Department!

Samantha Breen (11), Lauren Hanes (12), Chloe Elmore (11), Nikki Evans (10), Ethan Pulley (10), Leila Tullos (12), and Eliana Rivera (11)……which one will it be? The Marion County Recycling Art Calendar judging panel has chosen artwork for their 2019 Calendar and we have seven winners, one of which will be the grand prize winner. That means one of these outstanding young Sprague artists will receive a $100 gift card. The other six winners will receive a $50 gift card and Connie Toland will receive a $500 gift card for classroom use. All seven will be featured in the calendar with the grand prize winner on the cover. This is the fourth year in a row that we have won the top prize in this competition. Art teacher Connie Toland and our seven students will attend the award presentation at a televised board session of the Marion County Commissioners on December 12th.

This year’s theme was “What it means to be green.” Students were encouraged to consider different ways that they can promote a green lifestyle, whether it is to reduce food waste, recycle properly, or reuse items. From an environmental perspective reducing the amount of things that we consume in the first place is the best way to help the earth, but there are other ways to be green that can have a large lasting impact on our community.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, eight of our Sprague visual art students applied, interviewed, and were accepted, for the Salem Art Association’s 2018-2019 High School Art Mentorship Program. They are:

  • Angie Fox
  • Arista Patterson
  • Chloe Elmore
  • Elizabeth Orlov
  • Kate Swenson
  • Matthew Montena
  • Morgan Forrester
  • Paige Schmelling

All will serve a year of internship/mentorship which will include working with a professional artist and creating a body of work which will be presented in the spring in a public art show and reception gala. In their year with SAA, they will learn about professional museum and gallery work, and fulfill volunteer hours at Salem Art Association. Congratulations to our eight interns!

Marion Country

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  • Created By By Jay Conley -- 11/30/2018

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