A young artist works diligently to create a beautiful series of portraits using a variety of mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, and colored pencils. Another artist expands his performance horizons by shifting gears from playing clarinet and saxophone during theatrical productions to working to perfect his vocal performance and comedic timing to play bootlegger Cookie McGee in Nice Work if You Can Get It.
These artists aren’t professionals in their crafts just yet. Instead visual artist Desiree Counterman and performance artist John Kear are seniors at Western Wayne High School who have been recognized as WVIA’s Artists of the Week for the Week of January 7th.
Each student will have a vignette produced about them that will be featured online at wvia.org and pbs.org beginning on Sunday, January 7 and will be available for one year. Both students are now in the running to win WVIA Artist of the Year which is announced in May.
The students also will be featured across all WVIA television, radio, and digital platforms for the entire week of January 7th. Later in the spring, the public can also vote for these students and other local students to win the Viewer’s Choice Artist of the Week award by viewing and sharing their vignettes on wvia.org.
Both Desiree and John said they felt surprised to be named to this honor but look forward to sharing their accomplishments in the arts with their friends, family, and the community.
“We are extremely proud that our talented and hardworking Western Wayne seniors are being recognized for their efforts in the arts,” Paul Gregorski, Western Wayne high school principal, said. “I hope the public takes a moment to learn more about our students’ accomplishments by visiting wvia.org.”