Riverhead High School students honored for their artwork

SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | Kassandra Welz and Tanya Rast with some of the art they are currently working on.

Two Riverhead High School seniors were among 21 East End students honored with Awards of Distinction for their work in the Parrish Art Museum’s 2012 High School Exhibition.

Tanya Rast and Kassandra Welz won awards for drawing and painting, respectively. More than 150 high school seniors participated in the exhibition.

Ms. Rast, who will attend SUNY Purchase in the fall for a Bachelors of Fine Arts in drawing and painting, credited her family with inspiring her passion for art. Her father and mother are both artists, and her brother is studying to be an architect.

“I started drawing when I was just little,” Ms. Rast said. “They called me the art kid at Roanoke. Art is pretty much my life.”

Ms. Welz said her favorite medium was painting, but added she is interested in learning computer graphics, like those used in fantasy art and anime, as well.

“I’d actually like to go to college to learn design and video graphics,” she said. “I’d love to learn how to make video games.”

Both Ms. Rast and Ms. Welz will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Parrish Art Museum on Sunday, February 26th.

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