Young artists make a mark at the library
February 9, 2011
So much for teen angst.
Middle- and high-schoolers have delivered plenty of color and pizzazz to the walls of the North Bend Library. Charcoal, pencil, ink and photography were but a few media the youths used to let their talents shine.
One aspect that was absent was the woe-is-me attitude that sometimes permeates teen art exhibits. These pieces dripped optimism and color, from fancy horses to proud American flags, and included American icons like Mickey Mouse.
Brooke Bonner, a Mount Si High student who presented two pieces to the contest, said her art was meant to be cheerful.
She presented a multihued work of ink on poster board with a piano-key pattern, and a pencil drawing of herself with her cat.
“It’s all supposed to be happy and make you smile when you see it,” she said. “I love my cat.”
Bonner earned third place in the high-school category.
Bonner’s art is how she relaxes, but it’s also a little business venture, thanks to her Web site www.brookebonner.weebly.com.
Krista Cassidy, another Mount Si student, presented two pieces, both tribute to the Japanese art forms of Manga and Anime.
“Everything is more cartoony, more expressive,” she said of the styles. “It’s a lot more interesting than realistic proportions.”
One of her pieces featured Mickey Mouse with the big eyes proper of a Manga character. The second piece featured Kairi, a character from a Japanese video game called “Kingdom Hearts.”
Cassidy said she hoped to dispel myths through her art.
“People think only nerds like this type of art or that people who do like it are not terribly healthy,” she said.
Angelique Koopman, an eighth-grader, finished second in the middle-school category, thanks to three pencil drawings: two of magazine models’ faces and a third one of a show horse.
Although in black and white, the faces smiled and the horse looked almost placid. Not surprisingly, equine drawings are among her favorites.
“I draw lots of horses,” she said.
Nari Emerson took first place and Becca Crowley took third. At the high school level, Kayla Morrill took first and Natalie Barnard took second.
Sarah Lynch, with the North Bend Library that organized the contest, said 42 pieces of art participated.
“We have a lot of talent in this Valley,” she said of the contest, sponsored by Friends of the North Bend Library.
The pieces will remain in exhibit until Feb. 28.
If you go
Teenage Art Exhibit
- North Bend Library
- 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend
- Until Feb. 28 — free