CALEB ELLARD, who graduated from Owosso High School Thursday evening, designed this sculpture entitled “Framework” which is one of two pieces to be permanently installed in the Art & Sculpture Garden at OHS. The initial stage of Ellard’s work began as a sketch for his 3D Art class, under the guidance of his teacher, Phil Gobel.
Ellard is shown with his six-foot tall sculpture. Art Department Chair, Jayne Brown, joined him in the courtyard on Tuesday, May 23, just as school was letting out for the day.
“I do want to do something artistic,” he shared, discussing his future. He is considering art as a career, but does not plan to immediately attend college. He is holding the original miquette or model for the full-scale metal piece.
A year ago, the high school art department partnered with Crooked Tree Nursery to make a Japanese Garden in one portion of the courtyard. This year, a grant was obtained from the Cook Family Foundation, enabling them to commission artists. Thomas Tomasek, a nationally acclaimed pastel artist, introduced his skills to the Art I, II, III, IV, Art Challenge, Independent Study, and AP students.
Dace Koenigsknecht, an award winning metal sculpture artist, worked with the 3D art students to fabricate the two sculptures, including “Framework,” for the Art & Sculpture Garden.
Only just last Sunday, OHS welcomed the public for the 8th Annual Owosso Public Schools All District Art Walk. Over 400 people attended. A dedication of Ellard’s sculpture took place at the event.
Brown is hopeful that this will be the start of a new Art Boosters Club to provide support to the visual arts at OHS.
(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)