Larson's painting earns 'Spotlight on the Arts Award,' advances to state exhibit.

Crookston High School student Brady Larson’s painting, “Oscar Meyer Weiner” won the Spotlight on the Arts Award in the painting Wednesday at the 8A West Section Visual Arts Festival at Sacred Heart High School.

    The Minnesota State High School League created the award to recognize “superior” student performances in debate, speech, one-act play, music and visual arts.

    Larson was awarded with a pin, and his painting will be displayed at the 2013 Minnesota State Visual Arts Exhibition at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minn. from May 12-18, with a reception on May 18. Specific times and other details are still being worked out.

    Larson was one of several CHS artists taught by Gary Stegman who brought a variety of works to Wednesday’s fesetival. Categories critiqued by a panel of judges included drawing, media arts, ceramics, painting, crafts, 2D mixed media/collage, sculpture, print making and graphic design.

    In addition to Crookston, high school student artists came from Climax-Shelly, East Grand Forks, Fertile-Beltrami, Greenbush-Middle River, Norman County West, Roseau, Sacred Heart, Tri-County, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and Warroad.

    Crookston students bringing their pieces, in addition to Larson, included Tashina Cuno, Keaton Limper, Julie Ibanez, Nikki Thordarson, Tiffany Trudeau, Cyrina Ostgaard, Bryan Sanchez, Brandt Delage, and Abby Brekken.

CHS students' art to be part of exhibit
    The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is presenting an exhibit of artworks by high school students from northwest Minnesota. Showcased are works by students of Deb Aune from Greenbush-Middle-River High School, students from Crookston High School taught by Gary Stegman, and students of Erin Nelson of East Grand Forks Senior High.

     Featured works by 10th through 12th grade art students include paintings executed in acrylic, watercolor, oil, or mixed media; drawings in graphite, pastel, or charcoal; and mixed media sculpture. Subject matter ranges from wild animals to self-portraits, and floral impressions as well.  The students’ mastery of simple graphite and charcoal captures contrasts in animal dispositions, while bright colors exude floral and facial expressions.

     The Student Art Showcase will be on display through April 14 at the NWMAC Gallery within the River Walk Artists gift shop and gallery, 211 Demers Ave, in the Riverwalk Centre Mall in East Grand Forks. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. through 8 p.m, and Sunday 2 p.m. through 5 p.m.  For information, call the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111, the gallery at: 218-399-0162, or Therese Jacobson at 218-965-4216.