Northwest NEWS

March 8, 1999


Artists recognized at Regional High School Art Show

Robyn Stricke

Robyn Stricker.

The Cookie

Robyn Stricker's The Cookie received special recognition and an award at the recent State High School Art Show.

   by Deborah Stone

   Each year, the Puget Sound Educational Service District hosts the Regional High School Art Show for students in grades 9-12, in both public and private schools in King and Pierce counties.

   This year, 153 pieces of artwork in two and three-dimensional media were entered. Forty-five entries were chosen to compete in the annual State High School Art Show for eight $200 purchase prize awards from the state.

   Among those forty-five district winners are: Patrick Corwin, Lisa Drysdale, and Sonya Stockton from Bothell High; and Diana Siembor, Jennifer Siembor, and Robyn Stricker of Woodinville High.

   Senior Robyn Stricker's work, The Cookie, was given special recognition and received a King County Executive Award. Stricker's water-based oil painting was taken from a photo of the artist when she was six years old.

   "In the picture, I am lying on a towel with a wrinkled rainbow-striped shirt and yellow pants and smiling at the camera," explains Stricker. "I have a missing front tooth, and there is a cookie sitting in front of me. My dad took the photo and it has great sentimental value to me because it was at a point in my life when I was happy. To realize how important this was to me, you need to understand that I had a hard childhood, as my parents divorced when I was young, and there was a lot of unhappiness in my home."

   Stricker has been interested in art since she was young enough to pick up crayons. She loves to create and enjoys using a variety of media. "It takes away any stress I might be feeling. I do my best work at home in my room where there are no distractions and where I am surrounded by my pictures on the walls," she said.

   Robyn began formal art classes in junior high school and then continued in high school, taking drawing and painting classes with teacher Lynne Saad at Woodinville High. It was Saad who encouraged her to enter her work in the art show.

   "I had never entered my work before in a contest and when I found out that I won this special award, I was shocked," Stricker said. "It was a total surprise to me because I thought I didn't stand a chance against all the competition."

   Stricker is looking into taking classes at the Seattle Art Institute after graduation, but is also checking out programs to become a dental hygienist. She says, "I really don't know if I want to pursue art as a career, but even if I decide not to go in that direction, I will still continue to paint and create for my own pleasure. Being able to create will always be important to me."