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June 4, 2014

Central Catholic art students receive national awards

LAWRENCE — What do you get when you peel acrylic paint off a box and place it on a foam board?

For Bond Huaibang Zhang, a junior at Central Catholic High School, it meant creating an city skyline on a fluke, which earned him a National Medalist in the Scholastic Art Awards, a national award program sponsored by The Alliance For Young Artists and Writers and Scholastic Educational Magazines. Ila Lamere, a sophomore at Central, was also named a National Medalist.

“I love city skylines because you get a special feeling when you walk in a city and look at the tall building,” he said. “When I go into a city, it’s a brand new world for me to explore.”

National winners will be honored June 5 at a Maker Prom at the Roosevelt Hotel featuring a party with interactive art-making stations. On the same day, their art work will be displayed in the “Art.Write.Now.”

National Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

From New York, the students’ exhibit will travel throughout the country.

On June 6, they will join other students, teachers, families and friends at Carnegie Hall for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony.

Huaibang Zhang, an exchange student from Zheng-Zhou, China, won a Regional Gold Key and a National Gold Key for his painting, “Floating City.” Lamere, of Newton, N.H., won a Regional Gold Key and National Gold for her drawing, “Watermelon Phone.”

Lamere’s drawing evolved from a still-life assignment in class that she took up a notch.

She embellished a sketch using pens, markers and charcoal and dipping sticks in ink to draw a slice of watermelon and a telephone receiver next to it.

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