After enjoying the beauty outside, Aberdeen Central student
"It's just a very fun thing to see all the talent we have here," said Naasz, who was one of 77 students attending the second day of the 2014 All-Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition.
"It's crazy," said Smith, explaining she never thought there would be "an art gallery way out here."
There are some minor drawbacks to being outdoors, of course.Moments after she made that comment, Smith was unsettled by the discovery of a spider crawling on her foot. Coming to her rescue was fellow student
That was only a momentary problem, though. And the day turned out to be great for Reimnitz. Not only did she sell a painting, for twice the price she asked, but the painting received a Judge's Choice award.
This year's exhibition marked the first time since 2009 that the event was held at the Granary, west of
The event, in its 19th year, is organized by the
"The ARCC bailed us out of a tight spot," said the museum's
Pretty as a picture
The scene at the Granary was almost a work of art in itself.
"It's nice to get away from school all day," said
Retzer, who pointed out that the "arty atmosphere" was inspiring, found the highlight of the day to be seeing all the different artwork and "how everybody portrays art differently through their eyes."
Each school -- large or small -- brings six students to the exhibition. Many of the students wind up taking at least an art class or two in college, said Schaunaman.
An example is Naasz, who will study art and art history at
At the All-Dakota, Naasz won a Judge's Choice honor for a ceramic creation of a tea set. What does Naasz like about ceramics?
"Being able to bend it and mold it to how exactly you want it -- being able to change things and make something out of a block of clay," said Naasz, whose favorite forms of expression, though, are pastels and sculpting.
The students benefit enormously from the feedback they receive from the two judges, said Schaunaman, who is curator of exhibits at the museum. The young artists also learn a lot from the keynote speaker -- this year
Students compete in 10 media categories. Winners of a Judge's Choice in each category get a trophy.
So high school athletes aren't the only ones who get a trophy.
"That's our point exactly," Schaunaman said. "But do you know how hard it is to go to a trophy store and order a trophy that isn't sports?"
One of the high school students -- the creator of best of show -- takes home
Sieh believes that art should also be a feasible business. Anyone can say they like a piece of art, but talk is cheap, Schaunaman said, recalling Sieh's beliefs. That's the reason a healthy cash award is given to one student each year.
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