FULTON, NY – G. Ray Bodley senior Chlarissia Crast created the poster design for the 2015 Oswego Harborfest.
In a brief ceremony in the Fulton High School art room Crast was very emotional and excited when Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske announced that her work was chosen to represent this year’s celebration.
Art teacher Jaclyn Tyler, in cooperation with Oswego Harborfest Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough, coordinated the project.
Buske expressed his appreciation to all of the students who participated.
He told Crast that the poster would appear in the annual program and be on sale throughout the festival and she would receive a professionally framed copy.
Buske also invited Crast, her family and art teacher to the annual Harborfest Gala which will be held during Harborfest week. There, she will be publicly recognized for her work.
Dillabough said, “There were several entries that could have been selected to represent this year’s Harborfest. Students displayed a solid grasp on what the event is and its meaning.”
Other students who participated included Callie Beckwith, Alexis Caruana, Victoria Gillette, Hayley Grant, Lina Helmsteader, Jennah Lamb, Gabriella Lanza, Julia Polly, Devin Russell and Cara Todt.
G. Ray Bodley Principal Donna Parkhurst expressed pride in her students’ work to assist this community festival.
Buske said, “In recent years students at the Oswego High School developed wonderful posters which were considered and some eventually chosen to be the symbol of Harborfest. I have to thank the OHS students for their contributions.”
Continuing he said, “I wanted to expand the opportunity to other schools and this year thanks to the cooperation between Carol Dillabough and Fulton art teacher Jaclyn Tyler we were able to include G. Ray Bodley.”
Tyler was very supportive of the project and talked about her students’ involvement.
She said, “It was a larger undertaking, but one I knew this particular group of students could handle. They are very talented, creative and hardworking and understand the process of making a successful piece of art. They were excited for the challenge and worked very hard on their submissions.”
Continuing she said, “Each student grew in one way or another throughout the process and I am extremely proud of them all.”
Of the winner, the teacher noted, “She plans to pursue graphic design after graduating. What strikes me about Chlarissia is that, while she may get frustracted when she runs into snags with her artwork, she never gives up. She is not afraid to ask for help or for advice. She takes constructive criticism well, because she sincerely desires to be better. As every art teacher knows, these are very important qualities for a successful artist to possess.”
This was G. Ray Bodley High School’s first year of incorporating Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator into the Advertising and Design curriculum.
Tyler noted, “The majority of my students had never used these programs before this year. When we were offered the opportunity to design the Harborfest poster, I was hesitant to take on the task as my students were inexperienced.”
However, her hesitation worries were not necessary as the students produced several potential submissions that could have been chosen to be the “face” of the 2015 Harborfest celebration.