Young artists from all over the county were recognized at the 21st annual ArtSpirit reception, staged by the Calaveras County Arts Council March 3.

Skylar Foust, 17, of Hathaway Pines and a Bret Harte High School junior, was awarded Best of Show for a detailed pencil sketch titled “Reflections.”

“I’ve been practicing art as long as I can remember,” said Foust, “I’ve always loved to draw.”

Inspired by the ArtSpirit challenge, Foust pushed herself out of her comfort zone to create a piece with “many small details.” Her efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the judges.

Though she said she thoroughly enjoys art, Foust’s favorite class is advance placement biology. She plans to attend college to major in biomedical engineering and hopes to “discover new ways to help people. But I’ll always keep art as a hobby of mine, a way to relax and create something really cool.”

Summer Hamari, 18, of Copperopolis and a Bret Harte senior, earned first place for an oil painting on wood called “Nest With Eggs.” The wood is aged apricot that she obtained from a farm. Though the piece took over a month to create, Hamari said she’s excited to be recognized.

“I have enjoyed art since I was very young,” she said, joking that her mother “made” her take art classes.

Hamari, who hopes to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara, to major in drama and minor in floriculture, also plans to enter art pieces in the Calaveras County Fair in May.

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