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Local Artist Travels To DC

 Local Artist Travels To DC

July 5, 2014

Jane Orrick

By Wendy Hayworth

Recent Lee’s Summit High School graduate Jane Orrick traveled to Washington DC to see her artwork displayed on Capitol Hill.

Her piece, a portrait created from coffee stains, pen work, twigs, and leaves was a part of her IB Art portfolio.

“My IB theme was ‘stuff that didn’t make sense,’” Orrick said. “I don’t want to have just a painting of a girl, I want you to think about it.”

The regional award ceremony took place on April 26, 2014 at the Kansas City Public Library. Orrick had not yet been told she had won first place.

“I was just in shock and freaking out and mad that my whole family knew, even my boyfriend knew that I had won, and I had no idea,” Orrick said.

Orrick received a scholarship to attend a pre-college art lab at the Kansas City Art Institute, and two round trip tickets to DC from Southwest Airlines along with her first place ribbon and certificate.

“I was literally about to cry and pee my pants all at once. I was freaking out,” Orrick said.
Orrick and her mom traveled to Washington DC to attend the ceremony celebrating the winning artists from across the country.

Guest speakers were invited to share their work and experience. Afterwards, they showed the artwork of all of the winners and had lunch.

“I thought it was pretty neat to see everyone’s work, and then we got to go into the actual tunnel where it’s at in the capitol to see it all in person. It was really cool,” Orrick said.

Orrick and her mom spent a few more days in DC, enjoying the sights and relaxing.

Orrick plans to take a break from school to focus on her artwork and decide on what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

“I’ve always thought to be an art teacher, but I don’t know if I really want to go that route yet. I would like to get a job at a daycare just to see if I really want to work with kids the rest of my life,” Orrick said. “I love kids so that is a big possibility.”

Orrick plans to attend school next year after trying things on her own for now.

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