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Friday Harbor art student earns top award at state competition
In the world of art, talent can only take you so far.
It's the willingness to "put in the hours" that elevates any person with artistic talent to the top of their field, according to Friday Harbor High School art instructor Andy Anderson. And he should know. He's seen quite a few.
Evidently, Friday Harbor senior Alaina Scheffer has both. Scheffer's colored-pencil drawing entitled "Kerr(i) Economy" took top honors at the 41st Annual OSPI Superintendent's High School Art Show, earning the Superintendent of Public Instruction's "Choice Award" at the statewide competition.
But that's not all.
Scheffer is also recipient of the competition's Judge's Choice Award for a second color-pencil drawing, entitled "Lizzy." She joins Robyn Roberts, a 2013 Friday Harbor High graduate, as a Judge's Choice Award winner.
The two drawings by Scheffer were selected at an earlier regional show to represent the Northwest ESD 189 district, a five-county region, at the state competition, as was a charcoal drawing by fellow Friday Harbor High School art student Ellery Von Dassow.
The award-winning art from the high school competition often ends up gracing the halls of various state government buildings, Anderson said.
"Alaina is the top winner in the state and I cannot think of a more deserving student," he said. "The last four years she has poured her time and talent into becoming one of the finest young artists in our state.”
The competition's award winners will be on display as part of Art Show reception, May 16, 1-3 p.m., at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in Olympia.