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Upper School Students Receive Honors in Local Art Competition

Cayla Middleton '24 and Makaela Waddington '25

Two Upper School students have been recognized for their artistic talents.

Cayla Middleton '24 and Makaela Waddington '25 competed in the youth division of the Suffolk Plein Air Festival's "Paint the Taste" live painting contest, which took place on Sept. 9 during the Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival. Both Cayla and Makaela completed an entire piece of plein air artwork in just 120 minutes.

When composing a plein air piece, artists leave their studios behind and complete all of their work outdoors. It provides a variety of great compositions to choose from, but it also poses a challenge, because the light is always changing.

"It was fun but also kind of stressful," said Cayla. "I had never painted outside before, especially under a time constraint. However, through my school career, I learned a lot about time management, which was really helpful."

"I had never done anything like this before, so I was pretty nervous going into it," said Makaela. "However, after finding a nice spot to paint and getting everything set up, it became really enjoyable. The contest allowed me to try something new without feeling too pressured, and I got to look at our downtown area in a more artistic way."

Cayla won first place in the contest and Makaela was awarded an honorable mention.

The 2023 Suffolk Plein Air Festival was presented by the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, the Suffolk Art League, Downtown Suffolk and Suffolk Tourism. Congratulations, Cayla and Makaela!




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