Connor, Erby get top honors in year-end exhibition
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
More than 125 art students from Brentwood High School and Brentwood Middle School displayed their works from the past year at the schools’ annual art show on Wednesday afternoon in the library.
The works were by students in grades eight through 12 who attend art classes taught by Tim Rempel. The show represented everything covered in the classes, including print making, clay ceramics, sculpture, acrylic painting, pencil drawing and mixed media.
Rempel handed out awards to the two most outstanding art students, seniors Aliah Erby and Emily Connor.
Rempel was impressed by Connor’s mixed media creation entitled “Plastic Ocean,” made mostly from plastic items she found at school. If you look closely you can see scraps of a ruler, sunglasses, straws, ink pens and the like. The letter “O” in “Ocean” is the bottom of a mandarin orange snack cup. Connor, who plans to study marine biology at the University of Tampa, said she was inspired after writing a research paper on all the plastic that’s in the world’s oceans.
A silent auction was held at the art show, with bids made on students’ 6-inch-square glazed ceramic plates. Rempel said the auction so far has raised almost $400 for WORKS, the school’s art club.