Rhiannon Gray takes home top ASD art prizes

Nicole Kunze | Lehi Free Press

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Alpine School District held their annual High School Art Show at the University Mall in Orem, and the entries were on display from March 14 to March 31. The paintings, photography, mixed media pieces, and sculptures were in an unoccupied store near RC Willey in the mall.

The grand prize winner of the juried art show was awarded to a small, untitled, encaustic painting, hot wax with colored pigments added, on canvas by Skyridge High School senior, Rhiannon Gray. Gray was inspired by Brian Kershisnik’s painting, “She Will Find What is Lost,” in creating her winning entry. “It was very personal to me – it’s me receiving that divine help,” said Gray of the painting.

Rhiannon Gray also won a first-place ribbon for her mixed-media entry, an ink self-portrait painting with flowers from her yard and Mexico Mod Podged onto the canvas. She had all summer to complete the self-portrait assignment, but she didn’t start working on it until the last day of summer vacation. “I’m very spontaneous – I don’t start anything with a conscious, deep meaning in mind. Afterward, I get something out of it and I can attach meaning,” said Gray.

Rhiannon Gray is part of the Skyridge theater program in addition to her AP art courses. She played Lady MacBeth in the school’s recent production of Macbeth. Gray was the stage manager and designed and painted the sets for Skyridge’s production of Les Miserables last fall. She has been accepted to the theater and design program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania this fall.

Skyridge student McKenzie Hunt took home a third-place ribbon for her entry “Painted Smiles” and Katrina Mathews, also from Skyridge, won an honorable mention ribbon for her painting titled, “Persephone” at the Alpine School District High School Art Show.

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