by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Lizzy Meyer, intrigued by “cultures that I don’t know anything about,” created a multi-media portrait of an African voodoo priest that earned the Rogers senior a nice award last week.
Meyer earned Best of Show and Outstanding Artwork Award at the sixth annual North Hennepin Community College High School Student Art Exhibit.
“I’m interested in things bordering on creepy,” Meyer said. “This African man, voodoo is part of his religion. He’s got feathers coming out of his mouth, that’s where it might seem a little creepy.”
Working loosely from a National Geographic photo, Meyer used pastels, oils, acrylic, chalk, and an old glue to enhance the texture of the piece, along with black and white pin needles (“like on a voodoo doll”). Her efforts obviously impressed the show’s judges.
“Most of Lizzy’s pieces have a sense of strength that set them apart from other works of high school art,” assessed Su Sebghati, her art teacher. “She is not afraid to make a statement with her pieces … Her specialty is sculpture but she is interested in almost any art medium.”
Meyer will attend Bloomfield College in New Jersey on a volleyball scholarship. She plans to continue taking art classes. She has had about a dozen art courses at RHS, including independent study, and has won numerous awards since her freshman year.
“Lizzy is very strong in her athletic ability and in her personality,” said Sebghati.
Meyer got the award at a ceremony at NHCC on Feb. 21. The winning pieces from 11 north metro schools were on display through Friday. The judges picked a best entrant from each of the schools.