On March 31, Mrs. Borcherding, the New Haven art teacher, submitted 37 works of art made by New Haven students to the ECC Art Gallery. The competition was held at ECC, where the show is open April 3-12. Out of the 40 ribbons that people were competing for, 11 ribbons were given to the students of New Haven.
According to Mrs. Borcherding, it’s a great show, and the students in the conference are really talented. There is a reception on Wednesday, April 12, if people still want to see the artwork created by our students and others in the Four Rivers Conference.
She stated, “I think it was our best work yet. I was really proud to unwrap the artwork that I'd selected. It was awesome stuff.”
Mrs. Borcherding was asked how long she had been doing this, and she replied with, “This is my 12th year here at NHHS and we've entered every year. The art show has been going on long before I started teaching though. I remember entering a painting when I was in high school.”
Emily Knoppe, who was a first place winner in the painting category, said, “I was surprised because I didn’t know how many schools entered and I haven’t been painting for a while. I made it because I really like pastel colors and flowers I wanted to involve them.”
Devin Buchheit was another first place winner but in the prints category. When asked how he felt when he found out that his artwork won first place, he said, “I just figured it's representing America, the people at the top, greedy and rich, and the people at the bottom trying to get to the top but always getting cut by that double-edge sword.”
Celesse Smedley won second place in the digital art category. She was asked what inspired her to do the piece, and her response was, “Party at Tiffany's is a very in-depth piece of art. Whenever I started creating it, it had a deeper meaning than just a party. It was a reflection of myself and society. On the left side, it is black and white, while on the right, it is a burst of color. The masks in the trees represent different masks we put on towards other people. You can see there's an angel and a 'devil' in the piece, which is obviously the good and bad side of things. There's a series of bats and butterflies that even more justifies that theory.”
Congratulations to those who placed or earned honorable mention, and to those who submitted art pieces. Also, a thank you to Mrs. Borcherding for helping the students with their artwork and for submitting it.
Here are other place-winners in the Four Rivers Conference Art Competition:
- 1st- Emily Knoppe- Dressed in Yellow (Drawing 1)
- Honorable Mention- Emily Knoppe- Zeppelin (Mixed Media)
- Honorable Mention- Miranda Durbin- Untitled (Sculpture)
- 2nd- Celesse Smedley- Party at Tiffany’s (Digital Art)
- Honorable Mention- Callie Weatherly- Deterioration (Ceramics)
- 1st- Devin Buchheit- Greed and Freedom (Prints)
- 2nd- Kimmy McDowell- Blue Woman (Prints)
- 3rd- Bubba Gale- Leaves and Lines (Prints)
- Honorable Mention- Kimmy McDowell- Polar Bear (Prints)
- 2nd- Diana Ribera- Felted Peacock (Fibers)
- 3rd- Michelle Bahena- Fade to Blue (Fibers)