SJA Art Students Compete Nationally

Art work finals2018-03-30 at 8.03.58 PMST. JOHNSBURY- Three Saint Johnsbury Academy students made it to Nationals for the Scholastic Art and Writing competition. Rachel Fickes, Patrick Nkubito and Marion Elys were three of fifteen students who showed their passion for art in different mediums.The competition was held at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center until March 10th.

 Saint Johnsbury Academy was the only school in Vermont to receive more than one medal. The Academy was the only school in the state of Vermont to receive more than one medal.Student Patrick Nkubito from Rwanda received a silver medal for his painting, "First Oil Painting", which was a self portrait. He often does paintings, drawings and fashion designs. He dreams of going to college in Los Angeles to study fashion design.

"When I was younger I used to play with my sisters, and I just loved seeing them in their dresses and the patterns. They all made me very happy. So growing up one thing that I've always wanted to do was pursue my dream of becoming a fashion designer," said Nkubito.


Marion Ely of Saint Johnsbury won a silver medal in photography for her art piece, "The Lovers". Her favorite mediums of art are clay and photography. Ely mentioned how she wants to be an art teacher when she grows up because she is inspired by her art teachers at the Academy. She started her love for art as a youngster by just doing basic scribbling on paper.


"Whenever I see finished projects or finished products, when I'm looking at negatives after I've processed them after I see my final piece out of the count, I'm like 'this was a lot of blood, sweat and tears but it was really worth it,'" said Ely.


Rachel Fickes of Peacham won a National Gold Medal and an American Visions Award for her sculpture, "Predatory Flowerbed". Her sculptures are made out of bones from animals that she carves using dental tools. Fickes loves to take skeletons from animals and use them as art work.


"I'm hoping that I can keep carving animals the way that I am. Hopefully I'll be able to sell some. I feel that there's a spiritual connection with the animals I work with, so it's nice to be able to connect with the animals even after death," said Fickes.


The three students art work is now being displayed in Carnegie Hall in New York City for the national competition. The winners of the national competition will be announced in June.

 

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