WESTFORD --Nashoba Valley Technical High School recently hosted its first-ever "Young at Art" Art Show and Competition in the school's Viking Forum.

The event, which was organized by Nashoba Tech's Design & Visual Communications program and its Art Club, featured 79 works of art submitted by students in grades 5-12 from Chelmsford, Groton, Leominster, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford. The entries were judged in three age categories; grades 5-7, grades 8 and 9, and grades 10-12.

The show was well-attended, with visitors enjoying light refreshments and live music while they viewed the artwork. Many of the artists were in attendance, and got to show off and talk about their work while waiting for the winners to be announced. Several area art teachers also came to see the work of their students, as well as others, in a show setting.

"It went really well," said Nathan Meharg, Nashoba Tech Design & Visual instructor and director of the show. "People came in, took in the artwork, sat and relaxed with some food for a bit, then they'd get up and go take a second or third look at some piece that had caught their eye. People were really engaging with the art, which was just great to see."

The art show was held in partnership with Gallery Z in downtown Lowell, which exhibited the artwork for a week after the show was over.

Following are the top three finishers and honorable mentions in the three judging categories

Grades 10-12

1st Place: Christina Mehlhorn (Grade 10, Westford Academy), "Retrogress Red"

2nd Place: Calandra Boutin (Grade 10, Nashoba Tech), "A Buggy Fairytale"

3rd Place (tie): Emily Gale (Grade 10, Nashoba Tech), "George Ezra"; and Sana Kapasi (Grade 11, Westford Academy), "Flowers"

Honorable Mention: Allie Bohenko (Grade 11, Westford Academy), "Looking Out the Window"; and Hayden McCarthy (Grade 12, Nashoba Tech), "Comfort"

Grades 8-9

1st Place: Yirou Guo (Grade 9, Westford Academy), "A Thousand Miles Up"

2nd Place: Macy Mayor (Grade 9, Nashoba Tech), "The Banana is Fake"

3rd Place: Megan Haynes (Grade 8, Parker Middle School), "Smile!"

Honorable Mentions: Kelly McCarthy (Grade 8, Parker Middle School), "Foxy's Snow"; and Katelyn Williams (Grade 9, Westford Academy), "Staccato"

Grades 5-7

1st Place: Katherine McDonagh (Grade 7, Littleton Middle School), "Caged"

2nd Place: Katherine McDonagh (Grade 7, Littleton Middle School), "ad urbem"

3rd Place: Julia Lupaczyk (Grade 7, Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School), "Mike Faist"

Honorable Mentions: Aubrey Humphries (Grade 6, Parker Middle School), "GalaxyPainting"; and Julianna Lanzillo (Grade 5, Parker Middle School), "Untitled"


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