Wabash County students
have prepared artwork for display and purchase at the eighth annual Best of the Best Art Show on May 17. In the Best of the Best art program, students refine their art skills, learn new techniques through workshops with local artists, and gain confidence to “become the best that they can be,” according to program co-director Jeanie Cooper. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Seventeen Wabash County art students have finalized their pieces for the eighth annual Best of the Best Art Show on Sunday, May 17.
Originally established in 2007 by Michael Hapner and previous Wabash City Schools Superintendent Dr. Celia Shand, the art program was developed to help expand student art abilities and entrepreneurial skills. This year, students visited the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and refined their artistic skills in workshops with local artists including Kristy Church, Jane Willmert, and Kellie Brace.
Southwood High School senior Shelby Babbitt, Wabash High School junior Mason Irelan, and Northfield High School senior and Heartland Career Center representative Zachary Clouse all agreed that they were glad that they joined the program.
While Clouse had wanted to join the program to follow in his older brother’s footsteps, Irelan and Babbit originally weren’t sure about the program.
“I never really thought I was going to be in Best of the Best because I never really thought that I was that great,” Babbitt said. “I think it’s made me more confident in what I do. When I did art projects in school, I’d always have to have permission and I’d have to have, ‘Is this going ok?’ Now that I’ve been in it and I’ve learned things, I feel more confident and able to do what I want and not what other people want.”