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The Joe Center for the Arts like to provide opportunities for students as they move toward their future artistic goals by providing an opportunity to display their artwork via a virtual gallery setting. We also seek to engage youth and teens in the arts by working with local community art educators to highlight students creative work throughout the school year. 


AVERY PHARR

Port St. Joe High School

                                                                                 

AVERY PHARR

How did you get interested in art?

 ​In 8th grade my little charter school finally got an actual art teacher and she is the one that really brought it out of me.

Is this a hobby or a career goal? If it is a career goal, what are your future plans? ​Art is just a fun hobby I use to create and destress.

What word of advice or encouragement would you give a fellow artist?​ Don't worry about trying to be perfect, do what feels right and make mistakes.

Who’s your favorite artist and why? ​My favorite artist is Leonid Afremov, because of all the beautiful colors he used and the whimsical, dreamlike feel of his paintings.


EMILY LACOUR

2022 Port St. Joe High School Senior

EMILY LACOUR

How did you get interested in art?

I was always interested in art as a child, but my biggest inspiration was my older sister, Ashley. I admired her throughout college, where she studied illustration, and she encouraged me to continue improving. With her help I learned new techniques, new mediums, and was excited to grow as an artist.

Is this a hobby or a career goal? If it is a career goal, what are your future plans?

I plan to pursue art as a career in the future. After studying fine art in college, I hope to find a career as a freelance illustrator, creative director, storyboard artist, or an entrepreneur. 

What word of advice or encouragement would you give a fellow artist?

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Personally, I would try something different once, would not succeed, then get discouraged and give up. Getting good at something takes time and practice, so continue to work and improve. Practice makes improvement!

Who’s your favorite artist and why? 

Gustav Klimt is one of my favorite artists of all time. I love his use of patterns and colors, like his signature gold paint. I mostly create portraits of women, and his portraits of beautiful women are a huge inspiration to me.


Image 1: “Kintsugi Self Portrait” Oil Paint  Image 2: Seafood Image 3: Rocker Girl Digital Image Image 4: “Day at Plein Air” Watercolor Image 5: “Smells of Comfort” yarn 


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