The Little Red Schoolhouse at the Harford Fair had over 1,500 pieces of children’s artwork displayed and judged this year. A pencil drawing, which appeared photographic to some judges, received the Best of Show award for grades seven through 12. The winner of the award was Allison Stroyan, a senior at Abington Heights High School.
Stroyan’s piece was the result of a class assignment. The assignment was to interpret “Crumpled.” Stroyan had her friend take a photograph of her, which she used as a reference for the drawing. Her attention to details in creating her work exemplifies her talent and drew the comment from many fair-goers, “It looks like a photograph.”
Two years ago, Stroyan’s “Muddy Waters” mixed media piece also earned her the Best of Show Award in the schoolhouse exhibit at the fair. In addition to these awards, her pencil drawing also won a Gold Key Award earlier this year in the Scholastic Art Show in Scranton and was one of five student works in that show selected to represent the entire region. She has also participated in the NEIU summer Arts Alive Program. Although her talents extend to all art mediums, she feels that her pencil drawings are the best.
She received an engraved clock for her winning entry. In addition, her name will be added to each of the perpetual plaques which will hang in the schoolhouse on the fairgrounds during fair week.