Megan is “Staying in Touch”
April 11, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment
GULFPORT–True artists are hard to come by nowadays. It seems like people have forgotten exactly what it takes to be a true artist, and a master at your craft. Creativity, consistency, substance, originality are all words that come to mind when I picture a true artist. Megan Colwell has all of these traits, and executes on all cylinders when she is creating her artwork. Her ceramic piece “Staying in Touch”, was selected through a blind judging from 380 submissions countywide to be in the Mainsail Youth Art Exhibition.
The Mainsail Youth Art Exhibition is an annual event held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, at the Vinoy Park. The event includes a wide range of different types of art. It is also a judged event, and there is a possibility you could win $50,000 in prize money. When I asked Mr. Sullivan where the participants come from he said, “local artists from all over West Central Florida participate in the outdoor event every year.” While the show is mainly held for professional artists, there is a section for students around the county; that’s where Megan Colwell comes into place.
Megan is a senior at Boca Ciega High School who recently got accepted into the University of Florida. Megan is also a student of Ms. Coen who is an art teacher at BCHS. I got the chance to speak to Ms. Coen about Megan’s accomplishments.
“She is a very advanced student,” Coen said, “she has very thoughtful ideas.”
The piece is very mysterious and intriguing. There is a box with needles sticking out from every possible spot on the box. It seems as if the whole piece was meant to have a cloud of irony over it due to the name that it was given. The color feels mysterious as well, it’s as if it has its own aura that it gives off and you can most certainly feel it. In an age where it seems true artistry has moved on to the afterlife, it’s great to see someone take pride in their work, and try there very best at it. It’s even more special when that artist is from your school. Congratulations to Megan Colwell!
Megan’s work “Staying in Touch” will be on display at the Mainsial Art Festival, April 21-22 at the Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg.