In the 34th Annual 4 Rivers Art Competition, Callie Weatherly was awarded 1st place in fibers, Emily Knoppe placed 2nd in digital art, and Addison Tolar finished 3rd in fibers.
A total of 12 New Haven art students have entered their best artwork into this competition. The winning artwork will be displayed at East Central College in Union, Missouri, on April 13th. A total of 8 schools took part in this competition. Each school was allowed to enter up to 40 pieces of artwork. New Haven sent a total of 12 students’ artwork, but a few students have more than one piece of art that went to the competition.
The 12 students that entered are Lauralie Grater, Emily Knoppe, Addison Tolar, Emma Engelbrecht, Jason Kubiak, Kimmy McDowell, Cecelia Malone, Dorian McCarty, Callie Weatherly, Alaina Scott, Abygail Grater, and Lydia Pataky.
These students all had an opportunity to make works of art to fit into one of the categories such as painting, drawing 1 (black and white), drawing 2 (color), prints, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, design, and fibers.
Emma Engelbrecht mentioned, “I entered a watercolor collage and a stamp. The watercolor was my favorite because of the way the colors mixed together and complemented each other.”
Callie Weatherly commented, “I submitted two pieces-- ‘Downtown Reimagined’ and ‘Tea Party with Hatter.’ ‘Downtown Reimagined’ is a felted scene of downtown New Haven with a little of van Gogh's techniques mixed in. ‘Tea Party with Hatter’ is a ceramic tea set inspired by the original Alice in Wonderland cartoon.”
Many of the art students found inspiration in images, something they have great interest in, or just one word that they used for their piece of art.
Emily Knoppe stated, “The eclipse was inspired by, well, the eclipse! I attempted to give it a post-apocalyptic feel but ended up using more vivid colors. The deer painting was inspired by the fall-- I wanted to paint a nature scene with some kind of whimsical aspect to it.”
Dorian McCarty mentioned, “I called my project ‘Awe of the Moon’ and the solar eclipse in the beginning of the year inspired me to make this piece. The work shows the day and night as well as the eclipse to bring the two together.”
Callie Weatherly explained, “I love to do work involving buildings, and I find the downtown building very beautiful. But for independent study art, you have to do a piece inspired by another. I decided to do Vincent van Gogh's ‘Starry Night’.”
There were many great pieces submitted by many different schools. If you’d like to see these works of art, you can see them on April 13th at East Central College in Union.