by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Nikki Remington is concluding an illustrious arts career at Zimmerman High School in grand fashion.
The ZHS senior won the People’s Choice award at Zimmerman Arts Night May 16 with her large mixed media entrant, called “Sitting, Thinking About It Over a Cup of Coffee” depicting an octopus in a cup.
“I was having coffee one morning and started picturing a person in a cup of coffee, and then I started thinking it could be an octopus instead,” she said about the 5-by-3.5-foot piece using acrylic, oil pastels and insulation foam bubbles on masonite.
Remington also won the Triarco “Nose for the Arts” competition sponsored by an arts supplies company in April. The rules were for students to depict noses. Her “Aged Knows” series won a $100 prize for herself and $500 for the ZHS art department.
“I think it has to do with the senses. In last year’s contest they wanted eyes,” she said.
Her schnozz series also earned All-Conference first place at the Granite Ridge Conference Art Show and a superior rating at District 728 show.
Remington won the ZHS People’s Choice award in ninth grade, too, with a dog portrait.
She has been an Art Club member for four years and served as co-president the past two years.
“Nikki has taken more art classes in high school than any current student,” said her teacher, Tina Kryduba. “She has been featured in all but one art show or competition representing Zimmerman since her ninth grade year. She is a strong part of Zimmerman’s fine arts, which includes playing clarinet in the high school band.”
Remington’s goal as a senior was to nab one more People’s Choice award “and she did just that,” said Kryduba.
She plans to major in art in college, starting at Anoka-Ramsey next year.