Vestal High School art students won multiple Gold and Silver Key awards in the regional Scholastic Art Awards ceremony which took place at 12 p.m., January 26, at the Clemens Center in Elmira.
Rachel Turdo, a senior, won a Gold Key award for her mixed media piece entitled “Spinning a Yarn.” Turdo was also the recipient of the region’s prestigious American Vision Award for this piece. Scholastic’s American Vision Awards showcase the best works of each region.
Meg Reynolds, also a senior, received a Gold Key award for her painting “Grinding.” Her complete portfolio of nine pieces received the Elmira Regional Art Society’s Award, along with a Silver Key.
A Gold Key award indicates the highest level of achievement on the regional level. Both artists’ pieces will advance to New York City for the national judging. Winning a Silver Key award for her drawing “The Armenian Genocide” was junior Emily Sarkisian. Meg Reynolds won a second Silver Key award for her painting “A Walk through Windy Dunes.” Several students also received Honorable Mentions, including Chelsea Clark, Kathy Fridrich, Nicole Fridrich, Rachel Futterman, Courtney Moore, Rachel Turdo, Vanessa Virgilio and Vestal Middle School student Grant Russell.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers celebrates the creative achievement of America’s teens and, in 1923, founded the Scholastic Art Awards in order to offer recognition and scholarships to students based on their artistic talents. The 2014 Regional Scholastic’s exhibit will be on view at the Arnot Art Museum, 235 Lake Street, Elmira, until March 7.
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