Rogers’ Sarah Lengquist nabs Best of Show in Mississippi 8 Visual Arts

Rogers senior Sarah Lengquist displays her chalk drawing that won Best of Show in the Mississippi 8 Visual Arts Competition. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Sarah Lengquist’s chalk drawing of a decorated Ethiopian boy  captured the Best in Show award at the Mississippi 8 Visual Arts Competition.

The Rogers senior and her fellow RHS students  did very well as a group at the event held May 10-11 at Buffalo, as 19 of 27 entrants got awards and six won their categories.

Tolu Odunusi of Rogers holds a portrait that won the mixed media category.

Their teacher is Susan Sebghati. The art work will be on display at Rogers Arts Night on Monday evening.

“I have been drawing all my life,” said Lengquist, “and this year I’ve been able to take a lot of art classes. This was the first competition I have ever entered. I was shocked to win! Everything (at the competition in Buffalo) looked so good.”

The judges were moved by the light-on-dark beauty of her portrait.

“I am really inspired by other cultures, and I love drawing people,” said Lengquist. “I saw this picture in National Geographic of an Ethiopian boy in body paint, all the different patterns, and I just thought it was so beautiful.”

Lengquist has completed nine projects this semester, and for Mother’s Day she drew portraits of herself and two siblings, in just a week’s time.

Leeann Scharber's portrait won a painting category.

Hoping to eventually do portraits as a business, along with a career in occupational healthy and safety, she plans to start college at Anoka-Ramsey.

The show had 150 works from Buffalo, STMA, Big Lake, Monticello and Rogers.

Also placing first from Rogers were Tolu Odunusi in mixed media, Audrey Erdahl in jewelry, Elie Nies in printmaking, Erin Gustafson in fibers, Leeann Scharber in oil/acrylic, and Blake Shermer in watercolor.

Rogers arts award recipients listed

Drawing/Color– (1) Sarah Lenguist (2) Brenton Johnson (3) Brianna McGovern

Mixed Media –  (1) Tolu Odunusi (2) Leeann Scharber

Jewelry – (1) Audrey Erdahl (2) Grace Cullen (3) Alythia Scully

Printmaking – (1) Eli Nies (2) Lizzy Meyer

Ceramics – (3) Jon Martin

Fibers –  (1) Erin Gustafson (2) Erdahl

Painting (acrylic/oil) –  (1) Scharber

Painting (watercolor) – (1) Blake Shermer (2) Shermer

Adaptive Art – (2) Mitchell Clark