High school student to be honored at Carnegie Hall
Angela Cooper-McCorkle photo
Liana Lobchinskiy on Friday, March 30.
MONROE — Liana Lobchinskiy took a messy bed, something most every teenager knows, and turned it into a uniquely captivating drawing that earned her an invitation to New York’s Carnegie Hall.
The 17-year-old junior at Monroe High School spent hours painstakingly penciling the textures and patterns of an unmade bed for a homework assignment.
“It turned out a lot better than I thought it would. I thought I’d give up, but I pushed through,” she said.
Lobchinskiy’s art teacher, Garrett Mirsky, submitted the entry to the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest. Lobchinskiy was named a Gold Key winner, a regional designation, and then won the Gold Medal at the national level.
Her work placed her in the top 1 percent of approximately 350,000 entries. She was one of 10 students from Snohomish County to win
in the regional contest that covers art pieces, writing
and photography, including two silver medalists from Snohomish’s Glacier Peak High School.
The young artist said she has been creating “my whole life basically, ever since I was a little kid. Rather than playing with dolls, I’ve liked drawing and painting.”
Her talent showed last year, too, when she earned the Silver Key award in the same contest.
She has experimented with many mediums. She’s pragmatic about pencil, but she’s particularly fond of watercolors.
Lobchinskiy said the dreamy quality of watercolors is appealing though she doesn’t consider herself good at them yet.
It may be the purpose behind her art that gives Lobchinskiy an edge.
“Most of my works, aside from the work assigned in art classes, are inspired by beautiful things I see … basically the beautiful creations of God.”
“I couldn’t have possibly gone this far (in art) by myself, everything really works out nicely and beautifully with hardly any practice … I credit my talent to God,” she said.
Lobchinskiy never expected her talent to be so lauded though. She remembers her teacher having to tell her to check her email as she hadn’t bothered looking for results.
“‘You have no idea how big this is’,” she remembers Mirsky telling her.
Mirsky credits her recognition to an “amazing work ethic” and how perfectionistic she is. “She must have touched up (that piece) a million times,” he said.
Now the two are fundraising to afford the June awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall. As of press time, they had raised one-third of their $3,000 goal to pay for airfare, hotel and other expenses.
The Running Start program student is pursuing her passion at the college level now, too. She’s just finished a design class and is starting a drawing course at Everett Community College.
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