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.
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.
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