Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Bella's Coffee Shop patrons recently voted Sammi Stewart-James' art print their favorite from among approximately 50 other entries. The art pieces, all done by Kimball Area High School art students, were displayed at Bella's for several weeks to allow patrons time to look over the paintings, drawings and prints before they cast their votes. Prior to the artwork being brought there, students had to win in their category at the high school. Sammi called her entry, "In the Beginning," a reverse-relief print depicting her interpretation of the light and the dark God created on the first day of creation. "All the shapes in the piece are geometric and organic," she says. "I am very satisfied with the way the piece turned out. I especially like the contrast of the warm (almost hot) tones of ink against the black paper." She received gift certificates Bella's for her prize. After graduating from Kimball Area High School this spring, Sammi plans to head to college, where she'll study chemistry, "Art is just a pastime," she says. "I don't think I'll do anything with it." Since seventh grade, she's taken art classes in sculpture, studio art, independent art, and computer art.
For the time being, "In the Beginning" will hang on the wall at Bella's. After that, it goes to the Stewart-James home. "Mom wants to keep it," Sammi says. Sammi thanks Bella's for holding the competition. "It was fun," she says.