When recipients of Canyons District’s official holiday card open their envelopes this season, they might see a whimsical watercolor painting of two friendly snowmen. Or they might see a painting of twinkling lights. Or they might see a winter wonderland with horses pushing against a northern wind.
All three of the works of art, done by Alta High students Georgia Ray, Lindsay Brown and Lydia Stueber, were selected as the card’s featured artwork because they capture the heart-warming essence of the season. They were chosen from a field of submissions by students in art classes taught by Katie Campbell.
Initially, the District was going to select just one piece of artwork for the District’s official holiday card. But the three selections forwarded by Campbell to the District Office for consideration were so good that all were chosen. An equal number of cards for each selection was printed, signed and mailed right after Thanksgiving. This is the fifth year CSD has featured student artwork on the official holiday card.
Artwork done by students at Jordan Valley, Corner Canyon, and Brighton High has previously graced the cover of the card. This year, the Hawks were asked to lend their talents to CSD’s yuletide greetings.
Stueber, 16, did her watercolor as part of an assignment for an Advanced Placement 2-D Design art class. “I always love the look of holidays lights, and I just thought it would be interesting to use watercolor for the lights and get the different shadows and dimensions,” said Stueber, a junior, who also competes on the school swim team, serves as the Art Club Vice President, and plays the flute in Alta’s wind symphony.
Ray, 16, the daughter of Steve and Jodi Ray, says she drew inspiration from her family’s steeds. “I have grown up with horses my entire life,” says Ray, who competes as an equestrian hunter jumper. She also completed the acrylic painting as part of an art class at the school, where she’s also a member of the Drama Club.
Brown, 16, who is a member of the Drama Club and Concert Choir, said she “wanted to paint something that would make everyone think of the holiday season,” she says, “and building snowmen is a fun thing you do in the wintertime with your family and friends.”