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Young at Art 2013 competition open to creative minds

By From page B2 | January 09, 2013

Sophie Hill of Shingle Springs was the Best in Show winner of the 2012 Young at Art competition held at St. Francis High School in Sacramento. The school is calling for entries in this year's event. Photo by Susan Laird

The arts bring an added element to life: creativity.

To misquote Shakespeare, art is twice blessed: It blesses those who view it and those who create it. Art is a vital expression of the creative mind. It encourages solutions-oriented thinking.

Students who take art in school can experience greater results in their other classes. If nothing else, it is a powerful “de-stressor” in an age of über expectations. It is a sad fact that many a student had his or her creativity crushed by too heavy an academic load. Kids can take a break from medical or law school expectations and be allowed to use their minds creatively.

St. Francis High School sponsors an annual art contest for middle school students, grades six to eight. Called Young at Art, this juried art show gives young people from the entire region an opportunity to share their creative skills.

This annual student art show is highly anticipated and well-attended. St. Francis is known statewide and nationally for its programs in the visual and performing arts. Although St. Francis is a high school for young women, entries from both boys and girls are encouraged. The competition is open to students from public, private and home schools.

This program provides individual students an opportunity to shine, too. There are no entry fees, and the grand opening of the show is a fun experience.

The young people of this area are extremely talented. Case in point, last year’s Best of Show winner from Shingle Springs, Sophie Hill. Her untitled watercolor of a pelican won her a scholarship to the St. Francis High School Summer Arts Workshop for Middle School Students worth $275.

The show is an opportunity for students to experience the procedures for entering an art show, as well as to have their talents acknowledged in a regional forum. It is an opportunity for inspiration and validation. And now is the time to be getting those entries pulled together.

Entry details: Students and schools should deliver art works to the St. Francis High School Art Theatre Complex Foyer on Thursday, Jan. 31 (between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.). Artwork will not be accepted at any other time or date. The campus is located at 5900 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento, just off 65th Street and Highway 50.

Visit the school’s website,, for matting and label requirements. Click on “The Arts” or simply type “Young at Art” in the school’s search engine.

The limit for submissions is up to 25 pieces per school and one work per student. Group pieces may be entered and counted as once piece; however, these works will only receive participation ribbons. All mediums and sizes of art are accepted. For more information call (916) 737-5002.

The grand opening of the art show will be held on Feb. 12 in the St. Francis High School Arts Complex at 5 p.m. All artists and their families are welcome. Awards will be presented at 6:15 p.m.

Taking the time to experience life through the arts is always worthwhile. Those who remain engaged in art in one form or another are truly young at heart. Creativity leads to creative solutions in society.

Small wonder that these folks are eventually the ones who help others to see the beauty of life by serving our community as Lions, Masons, Rotarians and more.

Send your event for consideration in Susan’s column to [email protected].

Susan Laird


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