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HEBRON ESTATES -- North Bullitt High School seniors Emily Rowan and Carrollyn Ricketts earned first place in the Green Art Contest sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP).
Emily and Carrollyn were among six state winners who created art using the contest themes of natural resources and environmental management. Students were encouraged to submit painting/printwork, sculpture, pottery and photographs.
They were invited to attend the Governor’s Conference on the environment as well as an awards ceremony in April. Each youth was inspired by a very different influence to create her artwork.
As far back as she can remember, Carrollyn has been fascinated by Asian anime.
“Japan’s Mongo world takes life and gives it a surreal look,” she explained. “It presents a challenge to illustrate but also a lot of gratification when I can draw the faces and expression the way that I want.”
The 18-year-old daughter of Carroll and the late Laura Ricketts submitted a picture of a Cumberland Falls rainbow painted on a large rooster feather dyed black.
“I have never been to Cumberland Falls so the art was completely unique,” she said.
Emily created a tree out of recycled cardboard and organic materials. “I enjoy working with natural elements but it’s much harder to make it look life-like,” she smiled. All those small pieces that had to be attached take time but give the art a lot of detail.
Art teacher Sharon Rhodes said Emily and Carrollyn have natural talent as artists.
“They have skills that allow them to create beautiful works of art,” she said. “Each student has a real appreciation for the beauty and elegance of many forms of art.”
Emily, the 18 year-old daughter of Tina and Eric Rowan, organized the senior art show working hard to draw the attention of fellow classmates.
“Art is a very important subject to me,” Emily said as she sketched her favorite genre on a piece of paper...a person.
Carrollyn was also busy using a pencil to draw. Each student is right handed and can produce lines both straight and curved, vertical and horizontal that reveal an individual. Their attention to detail is remarkable.
“Art is a craft...it requires patience and a vision,” Emily described. “Most artists make a sketch of what they want before they turn it into a final product.”
“Drawing is my escape,” added Carrollyn. “It takes me away from the stress of being a teenager.”
The purpose of the contest was to encourage high school students to think about the environment and inspire them to include the environment in their artwork,” said DEP Commissioner Bruce Scott, who presented awards to students during a ceremony in Frankfort.
Artwork from the contest winners will be displayed in the DEP Training Center where it will be viewed by hundreds of visitors.
“The impact of the winners’ artwork can be far-reaching, creating a ripple effect that will educate multitudes who view it and create a new appreciation for preserving the beauty and resources of the Commonwealth,” said First Lady Jane Beshear. “It is our hope that every eligible Kentucky high school junior and senior will submit artwork for this contest in future years.”