Amy Lambert sits kissing-close to a snake head, poking it with a paintbrush.“The instant I saw this rock I saw the snake’s head in it,” said the Grapevine High School freshman. “I thought of it as coming at me.”Lambert is one of a few dozen GHS and Colleyville Heritage High School art students painting rocks for the Colleyville Garden Club Student Art Contest. Though their efforts could lead to prizes of as much as $100, most said they’re doing it because they love the craft and hope others will cherish their work.That’s what Garden Club spokeswoman Natalie Genco expected when she proposed the project to Joanne Fuller at GHS and Heidi Shaban-Cortese at CHHS. After all, Genco’s seen it before.“A few years ago, I held a student art contest for a cook book cover at Carroll High School and was amazed by the talent of our local students,” she said. “It seems students skilled in art have far fewer opportunities to showcase their skills than students involved in sports. The community rarely gets to see how talented our art students are.”Fuller and Shaban-Cortese agree.“We’re trying to make a hard connection between the arts program and the community,” Shaban-Cortese said. “We connect through sports a lot, and this is a chance to connect in another way.”Ben Ditmars, a CHHS freshman, joked that he hopes the geometric 3-D figure (or maybe a porcupine) on his rock will end up in a modern art museum.“I’m totally fine if it ends up in someone’s garden,” he said. “Actually, I would be honored.”Garden club members will decide the winners at an April meeting, and first- through third-place will receive $100, $50 and $25, respectively, Genco said. As many as possible will be displayed at one or more homes on a tour of four during the May 5 Colleyville Garden Club Promenade fundraiser.Artists may take their rocks back or donate them to the garden club in exchange for community service credits, Genco said.“I’m thinking we could use them in a community garden, or sell them at the end of the Promenade,” she said.
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans