East Union High senior Alexis Evans’ artistic talents stood out so much her impressed teachers awarded her ceramic sculpture Best of Show at this year’s annual Evening of the Arts.
Evans’ execution of her art creation was not the sole reason for earning the distinct honor. Kim Ray, East Union’s Visual and Performing Arts department chair and the young artist’s Advanced Ceramics teacher, pointed out that Evans is a “brand new, raw talent” in the artistic field. This was her first foray into an art class at the school, said Ray who teaches both Intro and Advanced Ceramics.
Evans’ “inspiration point” for her award-winning piece was something “she found online.” From there, “she completely modified” the piece which she turned into a bust of an African American woman with colorful headpiece and neck accessories.
“They’re excellent. My kids are amazing this year. They all try so hard,” said Jeff Moring, who teaches Intro and Advance Art, color and design, and 2-D work, about the crop of students’ art submissions this school year.
About 20 in each category of the students’ work displayed will go on to the district-wide annual art show and sale later this month. They will be on display, along with the submissions from each high school and elementary campus in the district. Awards on the district level will be handed out also to the most outstanding students’ entries.
The district show likewise will present an opportunity for the public to purchase any of the students’ art works. Superintendent Jason Messer has a collection of the ones he has purchased at previous years’ district art show and sale, and has them displayed at the district office.