Fat, brown beetles scurry alongside dragonflies with stark white wings in the layered computer graphic design that was chosen as one of the winners in the first commercial design category at the 9th District Congressional Art Competition.
Whitmer High School junior Katelyn Venia, 16, of Toledo, used hues of green, blue, and brown in her kaleidoscope-of-insects pattern called Enchanting Vision, but she didn t necessarily think she d be going home with a ribbon.
The 24th annual mixed-media competition last week for high school students in the 9th Congressional District is part of a nationwide activity initiated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize and encourage young people s artistic creativity.
This year 70 students from 14 schools throughout the district entered the competition. Participating Toledo-area high schools included Bowsher, Clay, Notre Dame Academy, Rogers, St. Francis de Sales, St. Ursula Academy, Springfield, Sylvania Northview, Sylvania Southview, Toledo School for the Arts, Waite, and Whitmer.
The other commercial design winner was Andrea Naves of Bowsher High School in South Toledo, who submitted a colorful abstract piece titled We re All Stars Now.
Other winners are Kaylin Reilly of Bowsher High School and Lauren Comes of Notre Dame Academy.