Elk River senior’s drawing chosen for MLK exhibit in Washington, D.C.

Olivia Rossi poses with portraits of her favorite subject. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Olivia Rossi poses with portraits of her favorite subject. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Olivia Rossi’s first love when it comes to art is doing dog portraits.
The Elk River senior has drawn her own dachshund, Max, many times. She prevails upon her friends for more subjects.

“I ask my friends, ‘Can I draw your dog?’ And they’re like, ‘Uh … why?’ And I say it’s for art class, and they say OK and send me a picture.”

Rossi’s “concentration” for her senior class portfolio is her doggie series. Your portfolio can earn college credits if the Advance Placement board is sufficiently impressed.

Olivia Rossi's Martin Luther King will be part of the MLK Memorial Library exhibit starting in June.

Olivia Rossi’s Martin Luther King will be part of the MLK Memorial Library exhibit starting in June.

However, Rossi showed she handle human portraits, too, when she entered the nationwide Martin Luther King Day Poster Contest. Her drawing of the civil rights leader was one of small percentage of entries selected to be displayed at the MLK Memorial Bookstore in Washington, D.C., starting in June for a year.

Olivia's drawing of her own dachshund, Max

Olivia’s drawing of her own dachshund, Max

Rossi said she is “very familiar” with King’s legacy and was happy to put pooches aside in January and join a class project to enter the MLK contest.

“Olivia’s talent was evident early on,” said Rana Nestrud, ERHS art teacher.  “She is hard working and persistent. She will work through issues to get the results that she wants.”

Rossi has taken all the drawing classes, along with painting, AP Studio Art, and photography.

Art is just a hobby for Rossi. “I want to work in a hospital,” said the straight-A student, who plans to attend Viterbo University in Wisconsin and major in clinical lab science.

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