Zona: How did you get chosen to represent PCDS at the Shemer Art Center?
Amelia: Our art teacher selected 2 artists to represent the school for the show and we made pieces specifically for the show.
Staley: Being chosen for the Shemer Art Show was a complete surprise! Ms. Strohacker emailed both Amelia and me asking if we were interested in participating in the high school competition. This was an opportunity I just could not pass up. Being able to do what I love with my amazing friend Amelia made the whole experience wonderful and memorable.
How did you feel when you were told this great news?
Amelia: I felt really excited and honored that my teacher had chosen me as one of the artists for the show. I also felt that I needed to get started quickly because it takes me a while to finish a piece!
Staley: I was truly honored to have chosen to represent our school. It was humbling that Ms. Strohacker believed I had enough talent to showcase art for PCDS. The competition sounded very fun and challenging, and I knew I wanted to do it. The excitement continued through the drawing process and the show. I can say the biggest surprise of the day was when I had received an award for my art. I was given the Shemer Art Award from the Shemer family. Being included in the show was a joy in and among itself, and the award was the icing on the cake
How long have you been an artist?
Amelia:I have been making art and taking classes since I was in Kindergarten, but I am not sure when I could have been first considered an artist.
Staley: Art is my passion. Ever since I could remember I was always drawing and sketching. While other kids played sports and were active, I enjoyed the company of a pencil and paper. Drawing serves as an outlet in my life, allowing me to create anything my mind can imagine.
What is your favorite medium?
Amelia: My favorite changes constantly, but currently I prefer charcoal.
Staley: I am always open to working with new materials, but I do have a favorite medium. Charcoal has become one of my best friends. I have found I have done many of my latest works with charcoal, including the works at Shemer. Though charcoal may be one of the messiest materials, it is an all time favorite.
Will this be your first time that your art is on exhibit?
Amelia: My art has been exhibited in school shows before, but this is the first time it will be showed in a professional art space.
Staley: Traveling down the halls of the Shemer Art Center opened my eyes to the amazing talent in the valley. I am proud to have work displayed next to some amazing high school artists. This is my very first time my art is exhibited, and I cannot express my gratitude to those who made this possible. I will always carry this fond memory with me
What are some of your favorite things to draw?
Amelia: I think faces, especially weird ones, are my favorites subjects to work on, but after this drawing I may never want to draw a face, especially my own again!
Staley: One of my favorite things to draw is the human body. I have always found the body fascinating and beautiful. As humans, we are able to do so much, and we take it for granted. In addition, I enjoy drawing challenging textures, such as animal textures, and animals. As a child, I also have always been an animal nut! I like to try to blend interesting concepts and forms together in efforts to create something new. While I have much learning to do, I have been given an amazing foundation I will be able to take with me through my life.