By Jackie Nelson
Three Hesston artists have earned recognition at the Scholastic Art Show. Junior Katrina Heinrichs earned a Gold Key for her piece “I' ele'phante Et le Serpent Boa.” Senior Kellie Unruh earned a Silver Key for her charcoal drawing “MotorArt” and senior exchange student Aleksandra (Alex) Selezneva earned an Honorable Mention for her watercolor “The Red Shoe.”
“It is pretty amazing. There are 70 counties with students in high school and middle school. We sent 27 pieces and three earned awards. There was nothing at the show that you wondered why it was
there,” said Hesston High art instructor Holly Savage.
Each of the artists selected for awards were no surprise to Savage.
“Katrina paid such close attention to all the detail, like the skin on the elephant, the values are just over the top,” said Savage.
Heinrichs said a childhood story inspired her whimsical piece.
“My drawing was based off the French story, “The Little Prince.” I really like the book, and in the book there is a story about a boa eating an elephant. Mine is in graphite and in a realism style,” she said.
Savage said Unruh also worked on a realistic style piece.
“Kelly’s piece is just technically amazing with the medium and the composition. It is something you’re just drawn to when you look at it,” she said.
Unruh said her piece came out of a regular class period.
“It is a charcoal drawing of a motorcycle – a sports bike – and it was originally an assignment for class,” she said.
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