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SC student transforms ordinary into award-winner

Feb 7, 2011 12:39:00 AM - thestate.com
Late at night, Scarlet Gray likes to sit on the floor of her bedroom, legs folded, a clipboard in her lap. Paintbrushes and palettes are everywhere; a cup of dirty water threatens to spill at any moment.

Gray, a senior art student at Greer High School, calls it "organized chaos."

For the last year, this has been where she's taken snapshots of ordinary, everyday life and transferred them onto canvas with painstaking and exquisite detail.

Gray's works, a watercolor titled "Memories Tumbled on High" and a colored pencil drawing "You Gotta Have Art," recently received two American Visions, or best in show, awards at the South Carolina 2011 Scholastic Art Show.

The exhibition is part of a national awards program spearheaded by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Of the 1,000 pieces of art submitted, five entries are awarded the status of American Visions.