Art with a (re)purpose

Some local youths learned Monday that creating art doesn’t have to be a finish-and-forget-it process.

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HOME PAGE SLIDESHOW PHOTO: Judge Mike Majors of Urbana points to the best of show adult amateur mixed media piece by Tonya Levine, who was not present for the Monday evening fine arts judging. ABOVE: Rayven Alexander, 16, stands next to the portrait that won her a best of show award at the Monday evening fine arts contest. She said although she has been using art as a positive outlet for about three years now she was encouraged by her Logan County Family Court program to enter her artwork in the fair show for the first time this year. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

In fact, adults in their lives have encouraged them to repurpose the art they created earlier in the year for the Logan County Fair’s annual fine arts competition.

“I’ve been drawing about three years at school, but I’ve never done anything with it before,” 16-year-old Rayven Alexander of Bellefontaine said. “I was actually court-ordered to enter the fair, but I did still want to do it.”

Her portrait of a friend won her a best of show in the 16-to-18 year old youth category.

“I’m actually really proud of myself and think I’ll enter something else in the future,” she said with a laugh.

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