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Two seniors earn spot in sacred art exhibition

Seniors Joe Gryboski and Ally Seifried had the honor of having their artwork accepted into the Our Lady’s Gallery juried exhibition of high school sacred and devotional art. Their pieces were on display last weekend at the gallery at Our Lady of the Greenwood Church in Greenwood, Ind., for its Gala Open House.

The students each submitted a ceramic prayer box made in last year’s Ceramics class as part of an assignment to create a clay box inscribed with their favorite Bible verse. Ally chose the verse 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done with love” to be inscribed on her round, teal-colored box adorned with pink ribbons and buttons.

Joe chose to inscribe Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” on his geometric shaped box because “it is the one that I think of when I compete in sports,” he said.

The students said they were honored to be asked to submit their work for the exhibition and even more so that it was accepted.

“I felt very proud because I can positively represent the school in a unique way,” Ally said.

Joe was especially proud that his work was accepted because he never considered himself artistic but took art classes last year as a release from his rigorous schedule.

“It is really cool that Mrs. Burden remembered my artwork and told me that it was good enough to submit into an art show,” Joe said. “Even if my art doesn’t win anything, I think that it’s awesome that it was accepted.”

Art teacher Mrs. Donna Burden said she chose Joe’s and Ally’s pieces to submit because she remembered their pieces from the class offered last year.

“I thought their prayer boxes were very beautiful and would strongly represent PHS for this Catholic artist show,” Mrs. Burden said. “I was thrilled that both artists were selected. The show is made up of students and professional artists throughout Indiana, and a wide variety of mediums (were) on display. I’m very excited for Joe and Ally’s work to be a part of such an amazing and growing show!”

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