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Medina High students demonstrate skill at creating art quickly

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    Olivia Kichurchak, 17, a senior at Medina High School, works on her acrylic painting Thursday during Art 1.11, which gives artists 111 minutes to create their painting.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    Forty-four artists compete Thursday in the fourth annual Art 1.11 at Medina High School. The artists' works will be auctioned off with proceeds going toward scholarships.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    Brittany Webb, 16, a junior at Medina High School, works on "Winter Wonderland" Thursday during Art 1.11, which gives artists 111 minutes to create a masterpiece.

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MEDINA — Bobbie Foy, art teacher at Medina High School, said she was amazed at the talent displayed Thursday during Art 1.11.

“These are the best people in the school,” she said.

She was referring to the 44 artists competing in the fourth annual event that gives painters 111 minutes to create their works of art on a 24-by-30-inch canvas.

Foy said at the end of the event, the acrylic paintings will be displayed in the high school for a year.

The works then will be auctioned online. Bids start at $35, with a cap of $100.

All proceeds will go to college art scholarships for Medina students.

The event not only was open to students but alumni and staff.

Procopios Hliatzos, a member of the school’s technology department, created “Guitar extortion,” a painting of a guitar spattered with paint.

Kathy Kraus, formerly of Garfield Elementary, painted a bridge over a river that she saw while visiting her son, Col. Robert Kraus, in France last year. He’s now stationed with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a military alliance of

28 North American and European nations.

“I taught for 33 years,” Kraus said. “(A lot of these painters) are former students. You don’t get it out of your blood. I love painting and being around the kids.”

She commended Foy for doing a “marvelous job” with the event.

“It’s a labor of love for her,” Kraus said.

While in France, she had lunch at the Eiffel Tower and stood where Vincent Van Gogh once painted.

Samantha Tietjen, 21, a student at Cleveland State University, has been participating in Art 1.11 for four years.

“I can’t stop now,” she said. “The time restraint is not something you’re accustomed to.”

She came to the event with the idea of painting a rocket ship.

Melina Barlow, 18, a senior at Medina, had a wide-open approach to painting an elephant.

“This is my first time doing this,” she said. “I have like no plan.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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