In recent years, the Art Department at EPHS has worked to promote the works of students by creating galleries like the one in the EPHS Library and holding art shows during events at EPHS. One EPHS artist whose work can be seen at the the Youth Art Month gallery show this month at Weaver Library is senior Sarah Phillips.
Like many students at EPHS, Sarah has displayed her talent throughout her high school career. However, there is something special about Sarah – something that was very clear to her Ceramic and Sculpture art class teacher, Ms. Barry. Recognizing the unique talent that Sarah possesses, Ms. Barry entered one of Sarah’s pieces into the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition that is sponsored by Salve Regina University. The contest featured a variety of visual art including paintings, fashion, sculptures, and photography. Sarah's piece, a wicker sculpture of an exotic insect, won a gold key award.
Sarah was overwhelmed by the honor and was pleased to be in such good company.
"The art in the show was unbelievable and I couldn’t believe I was even a part of the competition. I felt extremely honored,” Sarah said.
Regardless of what Sarah felt herself, nothing could stop her talent from shining in the contest. Mr. Barry stood correct as Sarah received a gold key, the highest honor in the competition. Along with a gold key and certificate, Sarah also received an invitation to attend her choice of an art class taught by a professional instructor. Sarah chose to take part in a ceramic class.
“It was truly a once in a lifetime chance for a person of my age – the experience was incredible and my knowledge expanded much farther than I ever expected,” Sarah said.
You can check out Sarah's work as well as the work from other EPHS students (and students from throughout the district) at Weaver Library during the month of March.