Nonnewaug artists win wide acclaim

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Nonnewaug artists win wide acclaim



Nonnewaug High School senior Eva Brown looks over her award-winning art piece 'Eye Spy' at the school in Woodbury on Monday. Steve Bigham Republican-American

Nonnewaug High School senior Eva Brown looks over her award-winning art piece ‘Eye Spy’ at the school in Woodbury on Monday. Steve Bigham Republican-American


WOODBURY — Nonnewaug High School senior Eva Brown says her award-winning art piece “Eye Spy” is a representation of her own personality — “open-minded with an eye toward the future.”

“Eye Spy” is also a representation of Brown’s talent, according to the National Art Education Association, which recently selected Brown’s art piece to appear on the front of the organization’s annual Christmas card, sent out to more than 60,000 people back in December.

Brown’s creation, a colorful yarn collage set over an acrylic painting, was the latest in a series of honors given to Nonnewaug art students.

Six others students were selected to have their art pieces exhibited at the NAEA’s National Art Honor Society Studio & Gallery in Alexandria, Va.

In addition, 13 students were recognized for their creative efforts as part of the Connecticut Scholastic Art’s statewide art show last month.

Nonnewaug art teacher Leeza Desjardins said there appears to be some magic in the Nonnewaug art world these days.

“There’s definitely something going on in the water here with the way these kids are visually communicating their thoughts and their ideas. It’s just beyond what we could have ever imagined,” she said.

Brown’s artwork was one of just eight pieces selected for the card from thousands of global entries.

“It’s very personal to me,” Brown said at the school Monday. “It took a lot of work and really speaks to who I am as a person. I’m really proud of it.”

Other local artists selected for exhibition at the NAEA gallery were juniors Elyza Bruce and Rachel Danaher, both of Woodbury, and seniors Isabella Donatucci of Bethel, Rebecca Levesque of Bethlehem, and Ava Landry and Alexa Savio also of Woodbury. They were among 62 artists nationwide chosen out of 1,065 submissions for display there from Jan. 27 to April 10, with Landry’s being selected for the NAEA’s virtual gallery.

Nonnewaug High School had 13 students honored at last month’s Connecticut Scholastic Art’s statewide art show. They are, back row, from left, Alex Gilbert, Isabella Donatucci, Aleigha Procaccini, Kate Pagnamenta, Elyza Bruce, Rachel Danaher, Eliana Groben; front row, from left, Ava Landry, Rebecca Levesque, Eva Brown, Bryce Bauer and Charlotte Smith-Hopkins. Steve Bigham Republican-American


Among the winners at the statewide art show held last month at the University of Hartford were Bryce Bauer, Paige Brandt, Brown, Bruce, Luke Cenatiempo, Danaher, Donatucci, Dylan Duda, Alex Gilbert, Eliana Groben, Landry, Levesque, Kate Pagnamenta, Aleigha Procaccini, Charlotte Smith-Hopkins, Madison Willis and Emma Yakavonis.

Bauer and Duda were awarded gold keys, while Brown, Donatucci and Landry were each awarded Hartford Art School scholarships of at least $20,000.

Levesque received a special American Visions Award for her piece, which was voted third best artwork in the state.

Last fall, Nonnewaug High School inducted 37 students into the National Arts Honor Society, which was established in 1978 by the NAEA.

Nonnewaug serves students in Woodbury and Bethlehem as well as students from dozens of area towns who enroll in the agri-science program.