The annual Brush With Fame painting competition and exhibition opened at Pace Academy on Jan. 31. Brush with Fame was created four years ago by Donice Bloodworth, an Upper School Visual Arts teacher. “I founded it because there’s not a lot of competitions that are strictly painting, and because we focus on painting a lot here. It was more just an outlet for painters in high school to have another option to show their work,” said Mr. Bloodworth.
The competition typically features ten schools, each of which is allowed five individual entries. This year, students from Pace Academy, Holy Innocents’, Lassiter, Lovett, Walton, Woodward and the Atlanta International School will showcase their artwork. Paintings are displayed in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center Jan. 31-Feb. 9, and there will be a reception to announce the winners of the competition on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.
Seniors Elle Stang and Sarah Sukin, juniors Rachel Much and Carolyn Propst, and sophomore Hope Lennox will be featured in the competition, and the five Pace artists have been hard at work over the past few weeks preparing their pieces. “My piece is called Trapped in a Bubble. It is acrylic with an iridescent medium on canvas,” said Sarah, “The first iridescent medium I used turned out not to be transparent, despite the label, so I washed it off with a sponge, which gave it the bubble effect.”
Soon after Brush With Fame comes down, an show celebrating Pace Academy’s visual arts faculty will be put up. The art faculty exhibition, on display Feb. 12-28, will also be in the Fine Arts Center.