by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Zimmerman students captured 18 awards, including three first-places and three seconds, at the Granite Ridge Conference Arts Competition hosted by ZHS last Thursday and Friday.
Sylvia Michaels, a senior, nabbed a first and second prize in Ceramics, while junior Shay Conklin had a first in painting, senior Hannah Rolschau had a first in Sculpture, senior Laenae Halter had a second in Crafts/Jewelry, and senior Tarah Nelson had a second in Mixed Media.
Seven of the nine GRC schools participated, and entered a total of about 130 pieces. The schools were Albany, Becker, Foley, Little Falls, Milaca, Princeton, and Zimmerman.
The Best of Show prize went to Little Falls senior Matthew Klos for a mixed media cityscape.
Tina Kryduba and Emily Zahn are the Zimmerman art teachers.
“This time of year is such a confidence booster for our students,” stated Kryduba, who hosted the event. “Zimmerman student artists showed the community proud today.”
Kryduba noted that all ZHS entrants scored at least an eight from the judges.
“That is remarkable, and we are extremely proud of our kids. Their success is an intrinsic reward for us as teachers. We are also eager to see what artistic abilities we can discover in the coming year.”
The show was viewed by the public on Thursday evening, and an awards ceremony was held Friday.
Judges were Dan Prody, Osseo clay teacher; Jean Swanson, former North Hennepin CC art teacher; and two Elk River Arts Alliance members, Lisa Tetzlaff (photography) and Chris Wilson (mixed media).