Oregon High School students showcase artwork, garner awards at Grand Detour Arts Festival

OREGON — Three Oregon High School students made the most of an opportunity to present their artwork at a long-running Ogle County art festival.

Sophomore Briley Berns, sophomore Jasmine Coy-Fulton and junior Sophia Stender showcased their work at the Grand Detour Arts Festival on Sept. 12 at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour.

In addition to being part of the historic festival, two of the students won awards in the high school division. Coy-Fulton took home the first-place ribbon for her photograph, “God of Light,” while Stender won third place for her acrylic painting, “Deep Blue Koi,” and an honorable mention for her ink wash titled “Morel.”

“I am proud of these ladies for choosing to submit their artwork for the festival,” Oregon High School art teacher Olivia Guerra said. “It was a great afternoon and I loved seeing my students and their families be so proud of their artwork.”

The Grand Detour Arts Festival has been held annually since 1949. Next year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2022.