Local girls’ artwork selected for state honor

A love for art and creativity in completing projects, led two Cridersville Elementary girls to have their artwork selected for a state exhibit.
Kindergartener Nevaeh White and fourth-grader Sierra Sutton both had artwork chosen to be exhibited in the 2013 Ohio Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Exhibition. The exhibit represents Ohio art students in kindergarten through eighth grades and was on display at the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) building, at 275 E. Broad St., Columbus, throughout March.
From the nine regions of the state that represent the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA), 124 pieces were selected for the juried show. The exhibit is sponsored by the OAEA, the professional organization of art teachers in Ohio, with 2,000 educator members. The OAEA works to promote the arts and recognizes quality student art throughout Ohio through various exhibits at state and regional levels.
The girls’ elementary art teacher Kim Wheeler submitted five pieces of art to the judges for consideration. Each teacher in the OAEA could send up to five pieces.
Wheeler said Nevaeh’s picture was a set of leaf prints in silver ink with colored pencil enhancements.
“It was very pretty,” Wheeler said. “Many people were amazed that it was the work of a kindergartner.”
The 6-year-old said she had never done artwork like it before, but it was fun.
“She gave us leaves and we colored them and used stencils,” Nevaeh said.
The daughter of Nichole Newbauer said she likes to make things, color, draw and paint — anything artsy.
“It was really cool to be selected,” Nevaeh said of the state honor.
Wheeler described Sierra’s India paper Batik depicting a brightly-colored bird as eye catching with vivid oranges and reds.
“The bird fills the page creating a very pleasing composition,” Wheeler said. “Sierra has a good eye and is a talented young artist.”
The 9-year-old daughter of Rhonda and Todd Sutton said in creating her selected artwork, she started by looking at a little piece of paper and made the eye and beak differently, with bright colors.
“It made it really pretty,” Sierra said.
Sierra, who loves to draw, said she once made an owl so good it looked like a professional artist drew it.
She also likes drawing sharks, eel, whales, bats, and once recreated the cover of Charlotte’s Web. Sometimes she colors her pencil drawings, but if she really likes them, she leaves them alone so she doesn’t mess them up.
“I like art a lot,” Sierra said, sharing she gets a lot of her inspiration from a big drawing book her grandmother has and has been drawing since she was 3.
“I was really excited to be selected out of everyone in the school,” Sierra said.
She said she was happy her art teacher liked her work that much.
“I am happy the state selected my artwork because I really like art,” Sierra said.
A reception and awards ceremony was held at the Rhodes Office Tower in the middle of the month for the young artists, their families and teachers.