FIS students awarded for artistic talent

Farragut students of area intermediate schools had an opportunity to know what it was like to have their art works in a juried show when town of Farragut Arts Council sponsored the 2016 Farragut Intermediate Schools Juried Art Show.

The show, which featured the works of students from Farragut Intermediate School and St. John Neumann Catholic School, took place Tuesday, Feb. 23, through Thursday, March 10, and winners were announced during a reception Tuesday, March 1, in Farragut Town Hall.

“I know you are proud of your children,” Pam Ziegler, Farragut Art Council chairwoman, said as she announced the show’s winners. “We are proud of your children.”

This year’s winners were first place, Demitri Kalinin of SJN; second place, Christian Miller, FIS; third place, Adelyn Benton of FIS; and honorable mention, Julia Grotkopft of FIS, Logan Hall of SJN and Ella Pinchok of FIS.

“It’s really a good experience for children to be in a juried show and say they had gotten in, although, they don’t grasp the significance of it yet,” Christy Davis, FIS art teacher, said.

Davis said about 375 projects from the school were submitted.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Caris Landis, an FIS third grader, said about the show.

Linda and Jud Rogers of Farragut attended to see the artwork of their granddaughter, Ellery Rogers, a fourth grader at FIS.

“It’s delightful,” Linda Rogers said about the show. “I think it’s wonderful the schools and the community collaborate to highlight the abilities of youngsters in the community.”

“We think art is important,” Jud Rogers said. “There has been so much talk of eliminating art in schools. This event shows the importance of art in the schools and paying attention to it.”

“It’s cool,” FIS fifth grader Chesnie Trupiano said. “I learned different ways to make shadows.”

“I think it’s wonderful,” Bo Saulsbury, whose daughter Erica, an FIS third grader had her artwork in the show, said. “The children are so creative. I think it’s wonderful the Town takes pride and the time to put their artwork on display.”

Thomas Nagy, a fifth-grade student at FIS, had a woven piece of art in the show.

“I really like the patterns in it,” he said.

Thomas said he learned patience from doing the piece.

“This one [piece] took four weeks to create,” he said.