Eastwood’s artists created the winning chalk mural at this year’s Fifth Third Chalk Walk Competition at the Black Swamp Art Festival in Bowling Green.
Several Eastwood High School art students collaborated to create the winning design. Cody Hendricks helped with the winning design, but was unable to compete in the competition. The other students involved were Dylan Herrig, Sarah Selzer, Jenné Venier, and Cassie VanDenk.
The students worked tirelessly for five hours to create the mural and were able to beat 11 other teams in this competition. Each team was asked to submit a statement explaining the art mural and how it represented the community. Eastwood’s statement was submitted by senior Selzer.
|Eastwood art club members show off the check they received for the
winning Chalk Walk mural at the Black Swamp Arts Festival. From left
to right are Sarah Seizer, Cassie VanDenk, Dylan Herrig, Jenné Venier,
and art club advisor Lauren Smith. (Photo by Woodard Photographic
Selzer’s statement describing the Eastwood community was, “To represent the Eastwood community our chalk mural is centered with a mighty tree with deep roots. This represents the strength of our community and the many community members who have their roots extend back decades. “Flowing through the roots is the Portage River which is a beloved geographical landmark of our community. Surrounding the tree is a town scene representing the many small towns included in the Eastwood area such as Luckey, Pemberville, and Scotch Ridge.
“The scene is soaring on the outspread wings of an eagle — the school’s mascot. The ribbon emblazoned with “Eastwood Community Pride” demonstrates how although we are all different, the school system ties us together and unites us as one.
“Finally, in the background is a decorative quilt which references the annual quilt show that takes place within our community and, again, symbolizes how every unique individual helps to make one united and outstanding community,” Selzer wrote.
The students won the grand prize of $500 for the Eastwood Art Club.
Art teacher and club adviser Lauren Smith, said, “I am so proud of all of the students involved in the planning and execution of this project. Our Eastwood students proudly represented the Eastwood community. They came prepared for the competition and worked together wonderfully as a team, seamlessly problem-solved, and managed their time perfectly in order to complete their beautiful work of art in the allotted 5 hours.”
Before the end of the competition, rain poured down on the mural just as the judges arrived around 3:45 p.m.
Selzer added, “I really enjoyed working outside as a team to create something fantastic that represented our community and school district. I am so glad we won, and I am really happy for the art department. We also enjoyed decorating each other with our chalk covered hands.”
Smith concluded, “It was a great feeling to hear Eastwood announced for the grand prize and to hold our well-deserved oversize check as a team.”
(Reprinted with permission from The Eagle’s Eye, an Eastwood student publication)