Allyssa Grinnell is a junior at Monson High School. She is also secretary of the board of directors of the Monson Arts Council. She is to be congratulated for national recognition, a bronze medal of merit, for her digital sketch submitted to the national PTSA “Reflections” art contest.
Her work, which is shown here, was submitted last fall to the first round of the competition, a contest within the Monson schools. Hers was the only submission by a Monson High School student. The works were judged in categories by age, with winners being sent on to a second level of competition at the state level. Winners at this state level competition went on to compete at the national level.
Her work is done by hand, using a stylus on her I-pad, working from a photograph which she took. It is entitled “The Best Medicine” and is her response to the theme set for all works submitted: “Show Your Voice”. Allyssa explains how her work interprets the theme:
“I show my voice by using my sense of humor to make friends and family laugh and brighten their day. This simple act goes a long way, especially to make someone feel better after a bad day, or make a good day even better. In my digital artwork, I portray my friends laughing with me, in a moment caught on camera. I truly believe laughter is the best medicine, one to be prescribed to everyone.”
The Monson Arts Council was a contributor to the event in its first local stage. Three artists from the council volunteered as judges for the contest: Peter Barnett, David Dupuis and Jessica Lister. The judging was held in January of this year.