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High school juried art show displays creative expression

Park Rapids student Greta Ertl's acrylic will be exhibited in Washington, D.C., "The Path Within" chosen by Cong. Jim Oberstar's aide. The work also tied for first at the NCMA. (Photos by Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)1 / 3
Park Rapids senior Kayla Stursa's "Determination" won the NCMA judges' nod for first place in oils.2 / 3
Nevis artist Rachel Grider earned first for her black and white drawing.3 / 3

The 29th annual Juried High School Fine Art Exhibit opens Thursday at the North Country Museum of Arts with two Park Rapids artists claiming congressional awards this year.

Greta Ertl's acrylic, "The Path Within," will be exhibited in Washington, D.C., having been selected by a representative from 8th District Congressman Jim Oberstar's office.

Rachel Thelen's "Ready?" caught the eye of Rep. Collin Peterson's aide, her work to represent the 7th Congressional District at the nation's capital.

This year's exhibit features 102 entries from eight schools, the young artists exploring creative expression in a variety of media.

-Park Rapids students earning commendations from the panel of judges include:

Lindsay Pearl, "Spiral," photography, first; and "Bedford," acrylic, tied for first;

Kayla Stursa, "Determination," oil, first;

Rachel Thelen, "Ready?"oil, second;

Greta Ertl, "The Path Within," acrylic, tied for first;

Giacomo Siciliani, "Reaching Fern," photography, third;

Mindy Lawrence, "Getaway," oil, third;

Ryan Mattson, "Moment of Truth," oil, merit;

Devon Parsons, "Family," sculpture, merit;

Kyja Penning, "State Diving," pencil, merit;

-Nevis students receiving nods from the judges include:

Tarah Ziesmer, untitled, colored drawing, first;

Rachel Grider, untitled, black and white drawing, first;

Colton Otterness, untitled, photograph, second;

Jerald Thomas, untitled, printmaking, third;

Rachel Grider, untitled, photograph, merit;

T.J. Tharp, untitled, colored drawing, merit;

-Laporte artists receiving awards are:

Mitchel Hoffman, "Goldfish," metal, first;

Emily Minkel, "Brighter Side of Life," acrylic, second;

Kimberly Hyatt, "Imagine," mixed media, merit.

The display will run through Sunday, May 17, with a closing reception from 2 to 4 p.m. May 17.

A 3 p.m. awards ceremony will include Eleanor Olson's presentation of the Helen P. Lockridge cash awards. Representatives from Oberstar's and Peterson's office will be on hand to honor winners of the Congressional Art Competition.

This year's exhibit in the Great Gallery will feature works from the permanent Old Masters collection that have not been viewed for years, curator Judith Selby said.

Among the artworks created in the Renaissance era are card players, a hunting scene and landscapes.

Visitors to the NCMA will be invited to vote on a restoration schedule for the art.

Exhibits slated for the season are works by the local White Birch Artists (June 2-25) and Crazy Quilters (July 1-24).

"Second Friday" receptions for the artists will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. June 12 and July 10.

Watercolors by Sheila Becker will be exhibited Aug. 14-24, with a reception Aug. 14.

The museum hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free.]