By Jackie Nelson
Artists Addi Schroeder and her mentor Libby Reimer are celebrating a Grand Champion win at the Harvey County Fair this year.
Schroeder’s colored pencil drawing of a bird won the prestigious award last week.
Schroeder had entered several pieces into the competition and her colored pencil drawing of a bird came home an unexpected winner.
“It’s never the one you think. I thought that was my worst one. I did about five drawings with Libby. I entered five pieces at the fair and two were photography,” said Schroeder.
Schroeder said she has long had a love of art.
“My grandpa is really good at painting and wood-burning. I’ve liked drawing since second grade,” said Schroeder.
Schroeder said she and Reimer connected through Schroeder’s mother, Vanessa, the Hesston High Administrative Assistant.
“Mrs. Schroeder got a hold of me and asked,” said Reimer.
The two began working together on various art projects.
“I started pencil drawing and wanted to do more people and work on proportions,” said Schroeder.
“We met a couple times in the fall and I taught her how to do facial features. We met again in the spring a couple more times,” said Reimer.
Reimer said she was impressed with Schroeder’s natural artistic talents.
“She was a really quick learner. Shading is more natural to me and she did very well,” said Reimer.
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