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A Fine Evening for the Fine Arts at Nipmuc

Nipmuc Regional High School students had the chance to show off their artistic talents and the culmination of a year's worth of hard work at the 2014 Fine Arts Festival held on May 13-14.

Over 1,000 pieces of student artwork made for a stunning display in Nipmuc's gymnasium where hundreds of family members, friends, and members of the community attended the opening night of the Festival on May 13. While viewing the artwork, guests were treated to passed hors d'oeuvres and music, both provided by the artist's classmates.

Nipmuc Art Teacher Alison Clish said that they were very pleased with the turn out including the number of students and past art students that came to see the show. "We had a very good showing this year; there was so much talent in that room," she said. Clish added, "The students get so excited about being able to show off their artwork. It is a great opportunity for their families to see their hard work."

Over 250 students who take art from both Clish and Nipmuc Art Teacher Kevin Campbell participated in this year's show, an exhibit that has been a tradition at Nipmuc for over 20 years. The day before the opening, four Art Teachers from Milford and Millbury acted as impartial judges, choosing award winners in over 18 different categories including Best of Show, Portfolio, Digital Photography, and Computer Graphics.

This year, the Best of Show award was given to Senior Rose Wiklund, whose pieces included a range of mediums and genres; from comic book illustrations to paintings to charcoal self-portraits. Wiklund said that she was "very excited" when she found out that she had received the Best of Show award this year. "I worked hard all year so it was great to hear that I won this award," she said.

Clish said that although the judges had some really hard decisions to make due to the pool of talent, she felt that Wiklund was an "excellent" choice for the Best of Show Award. "Rose is exceptionally talented. The creativity and technical ability in her illustrations are on a professional level," she said.

Wiklund said that she has been drawing since she was a young girl, inspired by her parents who are both artists. Along with the artwork she creates for school, Wiklund also works on weekends at local flea markets and fairs drawing portraits of individuals and families. "I love doing it; it has taught me that artists can make a living that way and that people really do support the arts," she said.

Wiklund hopes to work in the future as a magazine or book illustrator, and will be attending the Mass College of Art & Design in Boston beginning this fall to study Illustration.

Other first place 2014 Fine Arts Festival Award winners include: Sarah Wadehul – Portfolio; Lillian Harris – Photography Portfolio; Deanna Bagley – Digital Photo; Sequoia Tracey Stone – Drawing in Color; Stephanie Poly – Drawing in Black and White; Justin Phipps – Painting; Lindsay Doyle – Watercolor; Maddie Killeen – Printmaking; Justin Phipps – Batik; Annalisa Baci – Sculpture; Molly King – Graphic Design; Emily Comier – Computer Graphics; Aaron Kearnan – Illustration; and Timothy Brien – Architectural Rendering.


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