A love of art shows exemplary work of students; Spring Grove young artists, teacher proud of art pieces

Jordan Gerard

Another wonderful year of art has shown Spring Grove students the value of the skill and reward of a competition.

Six students entered pieces of artwork into the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Visual Arts Competition, and they were rewarded generously for their talents on April 27.

Seniors Mariah Edgington and Hannah Dodson, juniors Lillian Hutchins and Addison Deschler and eighth graders Lydia Solum and Haley Ellingson competed in the competition.

“As with any ‘art’ form, presenting or performing is the culmination of weeks and years of work,” art teacher Renee Eiken said. “We create to express ourselves and need to have our voices heard.”

Hutchins received Best of Show in printmaking and two excellent ratings. 

Dodson earned three superior ratings and one excellent rating. Both Dodson and Hutchins received awards in the previous year’s competition.

Deschler received a superior rating and three excellent ratings.

Edgington received an excellent rating on a painting.

Solum and Ellingson received excellent ratings on gelli prints they created. Gelli prints are a form of printmaking, but with gel instead of ink.

The six students’ artwork competed against 19 other schools in Class 1A, which resulted in more than 400 pieces of artwork entered into the competition.

Spring Grove entered 15 pieces, which were a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media.

“I would encourage every student to try an upper level art class. You never know what wonderful things you could create until you try,” Eiken said.

She thanked the MSHSL organizers for providing a competitive venue for the students.