The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

July 27, 2012

Quartz Mountain: Russell, Winn, Yee study at OSAI

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Edmond Sun is highlighting each of the Edmond students who attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.

Hayley Russell, 16

• Edmond Memorial High School

• Photography

Q: Why did you want to attend OSAI this year?

A: As a young artist, I am constantly looking for ways to grow in my discipline as well as opportunities to spend time with those who share my passion. OSAI provides outstanding instruction as well as a staff and student body that is both incredibly talented and extremely dedicated.

Q: What do you enjoy most about the arts?

A: The arts provide a way in which I may communicate the thoughts and emotions for which I can’t find words.

Q: As an artist, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: You’ll probably find me taking over New York working as a freelance photographer!

Q: What artist do you look up to the most?

A: Mary Ellen Mark’s journalistic work is some of the first photography I was ever really drawn to, and I still find her to be incredibly inspiring.

Q: What got you started in the arts?

A: I have always been surrounded by very creative people, and was always encouraged to participate in various art forms as a child, but I never found a deeper connection than that which I have with photography. My childhood experiments have turned into this thing I can no longer live without.

Meredith Winn, 17

• Edmond Memorial

• Creative Writing

Q: Why did you want to attend OSAI this year?

A: It’s an excellent program and will help me to improve my writing. Also, I think it will be a great experience.

Q: What do you enjoy most about the arts?

A: I enjoy the universality. Good art speaks a truth to people that can be experienced by anyone, anywhere, despite background or culture.

Q: As an artist, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I’m not really sure. I have about 20 different things in mind, but I hope no matter what, I get to help people.

Q: What artist do you look up to the most?

A: My favorite author is Victor Hugo. His work is a huge inspiration.

Q: What got you started in the arts?

A: My English teacher Mrs. Perryman first showed me how much I enjoyed the language arts, and my love for literature sprung a love of writing.

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