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BMHS art program recognizes third 'Artist of the Month'

In a recognition program started earlier this year, the Bradshaw Mountain High School art department named Senior Paul Cox Artist of the Month for April. His major project this year was an electric guitar he carved, built, and wired from scratch.

"We think it's important to spotlight the arts in education," said Art teacher Christine Scott. "The Artist of the Month program is intended to honor those students who demonstrate a good attitude, produce an outstanding body of work, and express an interest in a career as an artist."

Cox said the Fender guitar custom shop in Corona, California donated to him the parts he needed for his guitar project.

"I got a free tour of the custom shop when I was out there last year, too" Cox said. "I stopped in to tell Don Smith 'Thanks' for the donated materials."

Don Smith is the brother of BMHS Photography teacher Steve Smith.

Cox said the craftsmen at the Fender custom shop showed him how to carve the guitar with only an Xacto tool and hand chisels. Cox said he also used sandpaper and superglue in the guitar construction.

"I had some trouble with the wiring at first, but it's fixed now," said Cox, who plays his artwork regularly.

So, what's his grade for the project?

"Oh, it's an 'A,'" he said.

In addition to recognition from the high school, Cox's bright blueand silver guitar also earned him the Second Place award in the North America Student Division of the "Airbrush" magazine art contest, Smith said.

Cox said he wants to someday own his own business as a custom guitar maker.

The art department named sophomore Maria Rollins Artist of the Month for March. She succeeded Senior Fiona Morris, who became the first-ever Artist of the Month in February this year, when the program got under way.

Morris and Rollins were the featured artists at Bradshaw's open house art exhibit held in the school library on Thursday, March 9.

Their works included watercolors, drawings, and sculptures.

Rollins said she favored working with colored pencils, and found oil paints her least favorite medium. Surrealistic drawings dominated her exhibit.

"There's nothing I don't like," Morris said after some thought, "but I like colored pencil and watercolors the best."

Morris said she is considering attending the University of California at Santa Cruz, and she intends to pursue a career as a scientific illustrator.

Morris demonstrated her abilities when she created and illustrated the informational brochure on Fain Park presently used by the Town of Prescott Valley.

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