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Pinecrest students recognized in state art competition
Pinecrest art
Pinecrest Academy senior Sam Adams’ photograph “Driver’s Seat,” featuring a Forsyth County firefighter, recently earned a Gold Key award at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The piece is one of several from local students that will be on display at Savannah College of Art and Design’s Poetter Gall from Feb. 26 through March 10.

Three students from Pinecrest Academy were recently recognized for their artistic achievements.

Students Sam Adams, Nick Kelhofer and Rosie Piron were recently honored at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for their works. Students winning gold key and silver key will have their work featured in an exhibition at Savannah College of Art and Design’s Poetter Hall from Feb. 26 through March 10. 

Teacher Alison Stone said student winners were picked by a jury and that the competition is one of the most prestigious in the country.

“There’s a call for entry each year and students are able to … select their best pieces, and then they submit it,” Stone said. “It’s the most prestigious competition in the whole nation, and they break it down into states, so it’s a state competition.”

Adams won a gold key award for photography for his piece “Driver’s Seat,” which features a Forsyth County firefighter in his fire truck.

“My mom and I, we just went to a fire station off Hwy. 20 and asked the guys, ‘Hey, can I photograph you for a school project?” Adams said. “They were totally open for it. They loved the idea, and I got a portrait of one of the firefighters sitting in his truck.”

He also came away with two silver keys for “Firehouse,” also featuring local firefighters, and “Howard,” a friend of his mother who works on a farm. He also received four honorable mentions in the competi-tion.

Kelhofer also won silver key and honorable mention for his work a ceramic vessel entitled, “The Storm.” He said the work was inspired by the storm on the planet Jupiter and the piece was the first he had ever done.

“I think it’s pretty cool. I didn’t know I had any artistic talent at all,” Kelhofer said. “Just seeing that it is going to be displayed, I think it’s cool that so many people are going to see something I created.”

Piron also received an honorable mention for “The Perspective of Grapefruit,” a mixed media work.

“What I did is I bought a grapefruit and ripped it open and put it in a different perspective and drew it in pen and ink, colored pencil or watercolor,” she said.

An awards reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. March 10 at Poetter Hall. Stone said works selected there will go to the national competition.