Matisse quote holds true for high school students in Lake Oswego, who bring home an array of honors from Scholastic Art contest

SUBMITTED PHOTO: HEAHTER CROW - These paintings by Riverdale students were chosen to hang in state Sen. Rob Wagner's office in Salem. Left: 'King Nat' by Matthew Reamy. Right: 'Legendary Curry' by Sophia Domreis.Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and Riverdale High School students brought home an impressive array of awards from this year's Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards program, including Gold Keys — the contest's highest honor — and dozens of Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: SHANNON MCBRIDE - Lakeridge student Zoe Kapp stands next to her creation at the Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards reception.The Oregon Scholastic Art Awards is run by Little Bird Arts, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and celebration of the region's K-12 student artists, in partnership with the Oregon Art Education Association. The Portland metro competition consists of Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.

LOHS art teacher Katie Brink says she always encourages her students to submit work to the competition.

"They have worked so incredibly hard at pushing their creativity and fine-tuning their technical skills," she says. "I want my students to be recognized for their efforts because, in the words of Henri Matisse, 'Creativity takes courage.' These students have the courage to submit their art with the fear of failure, but they do it anyway."

Student artists at LOHS received plenty of recognition. Among the awards were one American Vision nominee, three Gold Key Portfolio winners, one Silver Key Portfolio winner, one Honorable Mention Portfolio winner, 34 Gold Key winners, 58 Silver Key winners and 52 Honorable Mention winners.

Lake Oswego schools are widely recognized at the Scholastic Art Awards year after year, but Brink says the contest changes over time.

"You never know what you will get with the jurors. Each year they are looking for new and innovative ways that students will express themselves through art," she says. "It's always exciting to see a student who doubted themselves because of what they believed to be Gold Key work get recognized."

SUBMITTED PHOTO: SHANNON MCBRIDE - Lakeridge student Nicole Konicke shows off one of her Gold Key-winning works at the awards reception.The following Lake Oswego High School students won Gold Keys for their portfolios: Maria Shimota, "Under the Sea"; Andrew Suh, "Industrial Nature"; and Catherine Youn, "Unfulfillable Dreams."

Ronan Chen won an Art Portfolio Silver Key for "Architecture." Sophia Berglund won an Art Portfolio Honorable Mention for "Submerged."

Lakeridge High artists also excelled, bringing home seven Art Portfolio Gold Keys, three Art Portfolio Silver Keys, three Art Portfolio Honorable Mentions, 70 Gold Key winners, 88 Honorable Mention winners and 69 Silver Key winners. Lakeridge art teacher Shannon McBride says she encourages students to enter their work because of the many benefits.

"There are so many layers to the advantages of participating in the Oregon Scholastic Art Awards: exhibition, ceremony, scholarships and national recognition," she says. "It's important for students to gain real-world experiences in entering their work into an exhibition."

The following Lakeridge students won Gold Keys for their portfolios: Lucy Adams, "Exploring Her Own Potential Death" and "12 Hour Project"; Shea Dancey, "Mediocre Romance"; Julia Fennell, "(in)VISIBLE"; Nicole Konicke, "Wild World! Humans in Animal Systems" and "Z's"; and Rian McLenithan, "THE LONELY CITY."

Art Portfolio Silver Keys went to Pacers Shea Dancey for "Kinks and Fetishes," Claire Petersen for "As Light Intertwines With the City" and Amelia Pressman for "Fair is Foul, Foul is Fair." Art Portfolio Honorable Mentions went to Julia Fennell for "Dissection," Rian McLenithan for "ROCK 'N' ROLL AND THE ROAD TO RECOVERY" and Amelia Pressman for "Catholic Mystic."

SUBMITTED PHOTO: KATIE BRINK - 'Within the Canyon Walls' by Lake Oswego High School student Sophia Berglund won a Gold Key for photography.Riverdale students also received their fair share of awards. The following Riverdale students were recognized for their submissions: junior Jordan McElroy, Gold Key, "Girl in Pink" (Digital Art); sophomore Joyce Tratnyek, Gold Key, "State of the Union" (Painting); senior Carmen Quintos, Silver Key, Portfolio submission; junior Hayden Turner, Silver Key, "Grandpa's Pastime" (Sculpture); freshman Casey Dennison-Leonard, Honorable Mention, "Shirin Ebadi" (Drawing/illustration); and senior Abigail Lissit, Honorable Mention, "Joyous" (Drawing/illustration).

Riverdale senior Alma Tzintzun brought home three awards: Silver Key, "What Do You See?" (Painting); Honorable Mention, "My Life with Frida" (Painting); and Honorable Mention, "La Reina Choco" (Painting).

Two art pieces created by Riverdale students Sophia Domreis and Matthew Reamey were chosen to hang in state Sen. Rob Wagner's office in Salem this winter and spring.

For a complete list of the Portland Metro Scholastic Art Award winners or for more information on the competition, visit

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