MINT HILL – Four artists stood out among the winners of the 2018 Ann and Bill Litaker Show during the Dec. 7 opening reception at the Mint Hill Arts Gallery. That’s because they were students.
Samuel Doejaaren, a junior at Piedmont High School, placed third for his photograph, “Overhead Fountain.” The photograph was taken with a drone. Doejaaren has owned drones for years, mowing lawns to earn money to upgrade them. He also taught himself photo editing.
Maria Miller, a sixth-grader at Mint Hill Middle School, won honorable mention in painting for her acrylic, “Harry Potter Owl.” She took art lessons in Russia while visiting for the summer after fourth grade. Gouache is her favorite medium
Aaron Worley, a senior at Hampton College, received honorable mention in painting for his pastel “Date Night in Sleepy Town.” The self-taught artist enjoys pastels because they are “frustrating and messy with a steep learning curve.”
Sarah Hinson, a freshman at Central Piedmont Community College, was awarded an honorable mention for her clay sculpture, “Hanahaki,” which was her first attempt at sculpture. Hinson took art courses at Independence High School.