Gun­ston ju­nior Amy Fan wins Con­gres­sional Art Com­pe­ti­tion

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WASH­ING­TON, D.C. — Con­gress­man Andy Har­ris an­nounced the win­ner of the 2016 Con­gres­sional Art Com­pe­ti­tion on May 11. Nuob­ing Amy Fan, a ju­nior at The Gun­ston School in Cen­tre­ville was named the win­ner. Fan’s wa­ter color paint­ing, which is un­ti­tled, de­picts a marsh scene on the Eastern Shore of Mary­land and will be dis­played in the U.S. Capi­tol for a year.

“I was im­pressed by Amy’s abil­ity to il­lus­trate the beauty of the Eastern Shore through her paint­ing, and I am proud to see her art­work dis­played in the U.S. Capi­tol for all to en­joy,” said Har­ris. “All of this year’s par­tic­i­pants were im­pres­sive and I thank ev­ery stu­dent who sub­mit­ted their work. An abun­dance of imag­i­na­tion, cre­ativ­ity, and tal­ent was ev­i­dent in each piece.”

“When I was given this as­sign­ment to paint any­thing that I wanted, I thought about the lo­cal scenery. My home­town in China is sur­rounded by moun­tains. When I moved to Cen­tre­ville I was in­stantly drawn to the wa­ter views,” said Fan. “Ev­ery day on the way to school we cross a bridge that is sur­rounded by a marshy creek, which in­spired this paint­ing.”

“As an artist, Amy works tire­lessly on the de­tails un­til she is com­pletely sat­is­fied. She of­ten re-works an area sev­eral times un­til she is happy with it,” said Ben Dize, Fan’s art teacher at The Gun­ston School.

Both the Con­gress­man and a pro­fes­sional artist from his dis­trict, Ric Conn of the Queen Anne’s Arts Coun­cil, judged the art­work, and the win­ner was de­cided by a vote by con­stituents on Face­book.

Har­ris and Conn, with the help of con­stituents through­out the dis­trict, also se­lected a se­cond and third-place win­ner, while the Con­gress­man’s Face­book fol­low­ers voted for a “So­cial Me­dia Fan Fa­vorite” win­ner. Those win­ners were: “Spoon” by Matthew Hoff­stet­ter, Gun­ston School, se­cond place; “An­gry Lewis” by Syd­ney Kay, Queen Anne’s County High School, third place; and So­cial Me­dia Fan Fa­vorite “Eye of Ne­far­i­ous Book Cover” by Do­minique Ram­sey, James M. Ben­nett High School.

All sub­mis­sions and win­ning pieces can be viewed at Har­ris’ Face­book page at https:// www.face­­risMD.

Amy Fan’s un­ti­tled water­color placed first in the Con­gres­sional Art Com­pe­ti­tion.

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