Talent in the spotlight

Maryville High School students featured in Fine Arts Showcase

Maryville High School art students showed off their best work and made a good impression on at least two members of the area’s art community.

Fine Arts Blount president Katie Kinney and Maryville Arts Coalition chair Bill Womac were on hand April 27 in the library at the school for the annual Fine Arts Showcase. What they saw impressed them.

Students from beginning to advanced levels displayed their work in the juried art show. Kinney and Emily Rodgers with Inspired Photo Design judged the pieces, which were split into five categories: Art I (beginners), Drawing, 3-D (including crafts), Painting and Photography.

“I was overwhelmed by the level of talent in the room - from painting to drawing to ceramics to photography,” said Kinney. “It is a school show, but it is extremely promising.”

Kinney said she wants FAB to become more involved in the showcase, and, in turn, she hopes the students will become more involved in the arts community in Maryville.

Womac, chair of the Maryville Arts Coalition which organizes the monthly Last Friday ArtWalk in downtown, dropped by to check out the talent. “I think there is some burgeoning young talent here that will benefit from Maryville’s growing arts community,” he said.

Overall Best of Show winner took home $125, donated by Blount Today, while Best of Category winners got $50 each, runner up winners took home $25 each and honorable mention winners got $15 each. Several businesses donated prizes like gift cards.

Marta Lee, a senior, took Best of Show honors with her painting entitled “Thom.”

Lee said her winning piece had six individual layers to it and she painted each one 20 times. “The subject matter is Thom York, the singer with the band Radio Head. It took a long time to complete,” she said.

Lee said she was surprised when her name was called as the Best of Show winner. “I didn’t think I’d win anything because all of the other awards had been given,” she said.

Elizabeth Gombert was a Best of Show runner up with her self-portrait. “It took me a couple of weeks to paint it, and a couple weeks stretching it,” she said.

Hannah Harper, a senior, collected “Best of” in the Photography category with “Experiment I” and a second place runner up in the Painting category with “There She Goes.”

Harper said she was taken aback when her name was called. “I was surprised. Photography is not usually my thing,” she said. “I’m a painter.”

The 6-foot by 4-foot painting on display in the library belonged to Madison Heinsohn who said the painting took two months to complete. “Then we had to build the frame and stretch the canvas,” she said.

Madison’s dad, Gil Heinsohn, had seen the work in progress but the Art Showcase was the first time he saw the finished product. “I’m just every impressed with Maryville’s art department,” he said.

The show was coordinated by art teacher Raquel Roy, Jeanie Parker and Debbie Allen. “We were overwhelmed by how much art work was submitted. We had to add a new category - Digital Photography - and that has been a big hit,” Roy said.

Roy said praised Kinney for giving of her time and said FAB plans to partner with the school’s art department. “It sounds like the beginning of a great relationship,” Roy said.

Scarlett Hanover, a junior, took Honorable Mention in Drawing with “Mayline.”

The figure in the drawing is her pet cat, and she drew the feline on black paper and used colored pencils. “I like to draw and paint fun things,” she said. “I normally draw Japanese animated characters, but I can draw real things as well.”

Proud mom Stephanie Hanover said her daughter’s art classes have improved her artistic technique. “I’m her No. 1 fan,” she said.

Will Hooper took “Best of” in painting with his work “Aesop Rock.”

“I’ve never won anything,” he said. “When I was deciding what to do, I didn’t want pure realism. You see reds and yellows and pinks come through. I wanted to make it realistic and give it that vampire-look.”

Hooper’s mom, Tammy Hooper, said her son has always enjoyed art. “But since he has been at Maryville High, he’s really tried to cultivate it, and he has come into his own,” she said.

Amber Lawson was runner up in the Art I category with “Butterfly,” a piece she entered in competition at the Knoxville Museum of Art. “I actually did it in one night early in the semester,” she said.

Her mom, Pam Lawson, said her daughter comes by her artistic talent honestly. “She loves art,” Pam Lawson said. “Her dad’s an artist, and she gets it from him. I’m proud of her.”

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