By TEDDYE SNELL
Thirty-six area students ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school earned awards for their creativity during the 19th annual Cherokee County Student Art Show award ceremony Tuesday evening.
This year’s show, “Extreme Art,” featured student pieces from a number of participating schools, including Briggs, Cherokee Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Hulbert Elementary, Hulbert Junior High School, Hulbert High School, Sequoyah Pre-K Center, Sequoyah High School, Shiloh Christian Academy, Tahlequah Middle School and Tahlequah High School.
THS students swept the awards in the Freshman through Senior Category, including Best of Show for THS junior Jayden Littlechief’s “Reminiscence,” a pencil drawing. This is Littlechief’s second consecutive win in the Best of Show category. She also learned Wednesday she’d won Best of Show at the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association’s show, which had over 500 entries.
“I have always drawn,” said Jayden. “My dad draws, too, so I’ve picked up on that.”
Jayden prefers to draw portraits, and works from photos of family members. It takes about 11 to 12 hours, or two to three weeks of classroom time, to complete a piece like “Reminiscence.”
“While I enjoy art, it will probably just be a hobby, not a career,” said Jayden.
THS senior Paola Olivas received an honorable mention in the show.
“I made a ceramic vase, and it felt good to receive the mention,” said Paola. “[Art teacher Shivani] Chase told me it was the first time a ceramic piece had been selected for the show.”
Paola likes to draw, too, but prefers working in the three-dimensional medium of ceramics.
Donna Spears, show director, said individual schools hold art competitions earlier in the year, and those winners move on to the county event.
“We had about 200 entries this year,” said Spears. “The individual school shows are judged, and two pieces from each class are selected, which move on to the county show.”
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