Mathilde Domeyer, Irina Lazouski, Jennifer LeMay, Jessica Murr, and Gia Rosselli pose with their award-winning art pieces.

Wallkill Invitational recognizes outstanding MOHS artists

There's no question the Art Department at Mount Olive High School is spectacular, providing its incredibly talented art students with abundant opportunities for recognition. This past week was no exception, as several MOHS students participated in a competition in Hamburg, NJ. Students submitted artwork to Wallkill Valley Regional High School's Art Department, which hosted its 8th Annual Invitational Art Show.

Invited schools submitted 15 total works of art in the following categories: Drawing/Illustration Black and White, Drawing/Illustration Color, Painting, Pottery, Sculpture/Crafts, Mixed Media, Photography, and Digital Media/Video. Representatives from various art colleges and universities judged the show and awarded ribbons in each category as well as scholarships.

The 15 student works from Mount Olive were selected by a committee of the five art teachers. At the competition, several MOHS students won in their respective categories:

Mathilde Domeyer received Second Place in the Painting Category for her work "Anna."

In the Mixed Media Category, first place went to Jessica Murr for her work "Country Crushing." She also received a $5,000 Scholarship to DCAD. To create her piece, Murr used sheets of paper from an index of countries, gluing them to the paper. She then sewed the shape of a foot on the paper using different colors. Utilizing a press print, she transferred text underneath the foot that spells out the names of various countries. Murr said, "I wanted to make something with textiles and relevance to the world." Murr, who has committed to Savannah College of Art and Design, plans to work in visual effects when she graduates, and she is particularly interested in designing makeup and gore for movies. She went on to say, "I enjoy painting and making things look as realistic as possible so this field really interests me."

Additionally, Gia Rosselli received first place in the Drawing Category for her piece "Fruitful Endeavors," a piece completed in charcoal. She received a pre-college scholarship to DCAD. Rosselli said she plans to have a career in art one day, possibly as an illustrator or a storyboard artist. She said, "Art has always been important to me, and I always enjoy creating something new." Rosselli has learned about attention to detail from Mrs. Phares, learning to work in different mediums and look at everything from a fresh perspective.

Third Place in Photography was awarded to Irina Lazouski for a digital photo entitled "A Grouping." Regarding her piece, Lazouski said, "I designed it originally as a two-part series, but that specific piece revolved around symmetry and breaking down the grouping of joints in our hands. My artwork often pushes the lines between digital media and photography." As for plans after MOHS, she said, "I hope to continue in the photography and cinematography fields." Lazouski also hopes to push herself this school year to produce more work so she has a wider portfolio range to showcase.

Also, Montserrat College of Art awarded a pre-college scholarship to Jennifer LeMay for her work "Skulls Alive." To prepare for producing her work, LeMay said she observed human skulls and deer skulls so she could properly recreate the images. She also said, "Mrs. Phares has helped bring my creativity to life through my artwork by using different mediums. She continues to help improve my artwork and I am grateful to have her as a teacher."

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