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Rachel Sullivan, a 2008 Woodbury High School graduate, served as a judge during the annual WHS All School Art Show on April 21.

Time to judge at WHS

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When Rachel Sullivan, a 2008 Woodbury High School graduate, was in high school, participating in the annual All School Art Show was one of the highlights of the year for her.

“It really makes art come to life,” she said.

Sullivan, who took home a few art awards in her day, is now the one picking the winning art pieces.

“It’s great to see what the next generation is doing,” she said.

WHS’ annual All School Art Show was held on April 21 in the school’s cafeteria.

The All School Art Show had roughly 1,000 individual pieces and nearly 15 artist portfolio tables on display. Nearly 60 ribbons were handed out during the event.

The art show featured photography, painting, mixed media, graphic designs, crafts, jewelry, ceramics and sculpture.

Critiquing creativity

Sullivan wasn’t the only former WHS student making a return to her old stomping grounds. Taylor Shampoux, a 2009 WHS graduate, and 2008 WHS graduate Andrew Sullivan, Rachel’s husband, also served as judges during this year’s art show.

Andrew and Rachel Sullivan were approached about serving as judges for this year’s show by their former ceramics teacher, Tricia Schmidt.

“It was cool to get back in contact with her,” Andrew Sullivan said.

Shampoux, who is currently studying to become an art teacher, has been spending time in the WHS art classes as part of her required classroom hours, which is why she was approached.

“The art show is a great way for students to see what their peers are working on,” she said, “and it’s a chance to be inspired.”

Prior to the art show last Monday, Shampoux, Rachel Sullivan and Andrew Sullivan sorted through all the submissions on display, picking out their favorites in the various mediums based on a number of different criteria, such as technical skill, creativity and the number of quality works when it came to the portfolios.

Andrew Sullivan, who primarily studied ceramics in school, said he was looking for art pieces that had good designs, good craftsmanship, creativity and an ability to blend color.

Rachel Sullivan, who studied graphic design in college, said she was looking for pieces that displayed movement.

Shampoux said she was looking for a strong sense of design, creative thinking and just pieces that struck her as interesting.

Rachel Sullivan said she had a great time acting as a judge for the All School Art Show.

“There’s a lot of talent here in the new generation,” she said. “They’re going to keep us older people on our toes.”

Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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