Kingsland students excel at region art festival

Molly Peshel, left, received excellent ratings for two submissions while Kadie Berthe received a superior award for her ceramic. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Kingsland award winners include, from left, Cole Bouska, Bradley Grabau, BriAnna Dols, Gabrielle Evenoff, Lydia Miller and Kileigh Howard. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Showing their artwork and awards are, from left, Hailey Westphal, Victoria Hamersma, Jennifer Knutson and Kendall Drury-DeBoer. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Eleven Kingsland art students received 12 superior or excellent ratings in the Region 1 Minnesota State High School League Visual Arts Festival held April 21 at Century High School in Rochester.

This is the first year Kingsland students competed in the festival. Kingsland became a member of the MSHSL Visual Arts in 2017 with the help of activities director John Dols and approval by the Kingsland School Board. Region 1A includes 20 schools.

Three Kingsland students exhibiting in the medium of ceramics had superior ratings, scoring the maximum 20 points allowed. Kadie Berthe exhibited “My African Home,” Gabrielle Evenoff exhibited “Monolith Related to Moai Study” and Hailey Westphal showed “Mysterious Moai Monolith.”

The other superior award was given to BriAnna Dols, who exhibited a sculpture titled “Key to My Heart.”

Six students earned excellent awards in painting. They are Cole Bouska with “Night Glow,” Lydia Miller with “Catching Radiant Dreams,” Jennifer Knutson with “Oriental Chill/Pointillism Study,” Molly Peshel with “Winter Calm/Pointillism Study,” Kendall Drury-DeBoer with “A Whale of a Life” and Kileigh Howard with “Tropical Mist/Cultural Arts Study.”

Also, Bradley Grabau won an excellent award with a two-dimensional mixed medium project called ”Ideas” and Peshel won another excellent award in photography with “Mary Lake.”

The competition had 12 art categories for student submission. The judging criteria involved composition, craftsmanship, process and problem solving, expressive qualities and artist statement for an overall total of 20 points.

“It was a huge learning curve for all of us and we know so much more after this experience,” said Kingsland art instructor Linda Wangsness. “With a little more attention to the details, dedication and commitment to the expectations of the judges, several of these students would have risen to the level of superior. Regardless, I am very proud of our showings and the results. I am sure we will be even better next year."