Video by: Alyssa Lepard & Brenna Shaffer
Article by: Joe Pohl
Area high school art students are competing for scholarships, once again, in the annual Lake Educational Assistance Foundation’s (LEAF) ‘Singing in the Rain Umbrella Project’. LEAF partnered with Great Lakes Mall, Lake Erie College, and area high school art classes to display more than 120 unique works of art. Students in Lake and Geauga high school art classes chose a design theme to make their concepts become a reality on a white canvas umbrella.
This year’s theme choices were: What Makes Me Happy, Music Tells My Story, and Community. Displaying their works this year, are Perry High School Art Club members, Makenna Berdysz, Bailey Charlton, Rebecca Davanaugh, Autumn Graham, Katie Gyure, Lacey Hamrick, Leyla Hobbs, Hannah Kovach, Morgan Mackey, Elizabeth Martin, Robyn McLain, Lynn Nguyen, Amanda Schultz, Brenna Shaffer, Paige Stevenson, and Faith Ziamba.
Perry High School art teacher, Deb Suba noted that the purpose of the Umbrella Project is to give upper level students a project-based and sometimes problem-based project to expand their educational experience in the fine arts.
Nine of Perry’s thirteen entries made the Top 50 and will go on to the scholarship round. Two of these finished in the Top 10. Judges will score the project entries and identify the top three teams that will be the recipients of LEAF Umbrella Project scholarships. These student-designed umbrellas will hang from the Mall rafters from February through April and are ultimately auctioned off to benefit LEAF programs at LEAF’s annual ‘Singing in the Rain Umbrella Auction and Raffle at the Great Lakes Mall on April 26, 2018, at 5:00 pm, when scholarship winners will be announced.