Johnsburg Jillian Urbonowicz and Chelsea Gazaille, seniors at Johnsburg Central School, participated in an art competition in Fort Edward on May 2.
Though they did not win, their work was on display with that of 21 other high school students during a reception at the Fort Edward Art Center.
Urbonowicz and Gazaille entered the competition at the request of their art teacher, Maria Glode. Urbonowicz submitted four paintings. Her most popular was a portrait of Miles Davis. The other three paintings were of her dog, hydrangeas and an owl. Urbonowicz started painting when she was 10. She enjoys working in acrylic paints and watercolors.
Gazaille prefers to work in three dimensions. She sculpts abstract art out of materials like wood, clay, and sandstone. Her contest entries included a clay mask, a wooden mobile and a lazy susan sculpture.
Both students were a bit intimidated by the competition. Urbonowicz was impressed with the talent other students displayed, especially with some of the pastel work.
“I used to think pastels were easy,” Urbonowicz said
Gazaille was especially nervous; she was the only student who submitted 3D art. Some people thought she was going to “knock the rest of the show down.”
Despite their nerves, however, both girls enjoyed the experience, and would jump at the chance to compete again.
“Although they did not receive an award, the quality of their work, as well the work of the other 23 area students involved, was outstanding,” Glode said. “Johnsburg Central School is very proud of them for competing as well as always striving to do their best.”
Gazaille is the valedictorian for the JCS Class of 2012 and will be attending Wentworth Institute of Technology with a major in architecture. Urbonowicz is in the top 10 percent of the JCS Class of 2012 and will be attending Sage College of Albany with a major in physical education and a minor in Art.