CNY Arts Center Announces April Student of the Month

FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center – Arts in the heART Gallery, 47 S. First St., has another great student showing her art work for the month of April.

Cassondra Alexis Orr-Savage is an 18-year-old honor roll student at G Ray Bodley High School.

CNY Arts Center Announces April Student of the Month
CNY Arts Center Announces April Student of the Month

In junior high, she noticed that she enjoyed and understood art a lot more than many of her school mates.

She gets some of her inspiration from her older sister who is also big into art, not only visual arts but performing arts as well.  Seeing the beautiful pictures her sister created made Cassie want to be better at art.

Mrs. Koblentz is the reason Cassie has enjoyed art in high school these past few years.

Mrs. Koblentz was the high school art teacher who retired last year.

This almost discouraged Cassie from continuing with her senior year in art.

She completed every art class offered by the high school and now is in independent study for art.

This just shows the need and desire to have art in schools and outside school as well.

Mrs. Koblentz pushed Cassondra into getting out of her comfort zone and exploring new avenues in art.

“She will always be my most honest critic, whether she hates what I am doing and tells me to trash it and start over or that she loved what I was doing and how to make it better.”  said Cassondra. “I enjoy doing realistic watercolor paintings and portrait, but recently I’ve enjoyed doing bright abstract colored pieces.”

Much of her inspiration for her artwork is due to a very nasty break up, which has changed everything about her artwork.

She has even had her work recognized by Senator Patty Richie in the North County Art Council Celebrating Local Artists.

Cassondra takes her studies very seriously, as a senior not only is she a high honor student but she is also involved in New Visions Law and Government Honors program through BOCES.

For years, she was raised primarily by her mother; her father was never in the picture. For the last several years she has been raised by her mother and her mother’s wife who adopted Cassondra in June of 2013.

Now her future is focused.

She is following in her brother’s footsteps and joining the military.

After high school she will be entering into the Air Force doing security. She leaves in October.

She hopes to continue to work on her art in her downtime.

Her goal is to retire when she is 38, get her own art studio in her house and continue what she loves to do – art!

Cassie’s paintings can be seen at Arts in the HeART Gallery in Fulton.

Visit or call 315-598-ARTS (2787) for more information.