From phone to fine artPublished 5:15pm Monday, May 21, 2012
Caitlyn Cummins was always intrigued by the background display on her Blackberry phone.
The Brandywine High School junior liked the image so much she decided to paint it for a school art project. It took her more than a month to complete, but she says she is glad she did.
The oil painting, titled “Feathers,” took first place at an art contest this month at the Niles District Library.
“It looks exactly like the picture on my Blackberry, so I was excited how it turned out,” said Cummins, who spends much of her spare time painting. “I’m glad they picked mine out of all the rest.”
Cummins was one of several student artists from Niles and Brandywine schools who entered the contest. Brandywine students took first place in four of the six categories.
Michael Shelton, a Brandywine junior, won for his mixed-media drawing of Bob Marley. Shelton used pencils to sketch the face and Sharpie markers to color the hat.
“I thought mixing the two would be cool, especially with the color of his hat,” said Shelton, who has been taking art class for the past three years.
Other winners include Monica Bielski, Niles, acrylic; Ashlee Atwood, Niles, ceramics; Cortlan Gordon, Brandywine, drawing; and Tori A. Rodriguez, Brandywine, watercolor.
Earning honorable mention honors were Valentine Lindzy, Brandywine, oil; Tai Johnson, Brandywine, acrylic; Amanda Harlow, Niles, ceramics; Dylan Allen, Niles, drawing; Carlie Newman, Brandywine, drawing; and Ember Brant, Brandywine, mixed media.
Rory McLaughlin, Brandywine art instructor, said the work of Brandywine students would be displayed in the high school cafeteria before and after Tuesday’s choir concert. Works of art from past Brandywine students will also be on display.