HeART People's Choice
Pepperell artists win HeART People's Choice Award
Posted on 03/09/2015
HeART winnerThe 3-D HeART artwork enjoyed by those on Broad Street during the month of February has won a People's Choice Award for two Pepperell High art students.  Seniors Olivia Escutia and Ashleigh Bradford created a work of art shaped like a heart that was displayed in front of Schroeder's on Broad.  The artwork, created through involvement in the Redmond Hospital HeART Project, is the girl's interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" that they call "Starry, Starry Rome."

Escutia and Bradford applied for and won the opportunity to participate in the Redmond program, which promotes heart health through community involvement in the arts.  The program was sponsored by Redmond and the Rome Area Council for the Arts.

"I was nervous in the beginning about getting the colors and proportion right in such a short amount of time, and paying homage to Van Gogh while putting our own spin on it," said Escutia. "In the end, I think we were surprised at how well it turned out, and I'm really proud of the result." 

"I thought it was cool that something we were part of was going to be displayed downtown," exclaimed Bradford! "Even though it was a challenge at first for me to do a mirror image on the back, as we wanted the scene to look life-like and realistic, it paid off in the end."  

Christie Smith, art teacher at Pepperell High, was proud of her students and the discussion their work has created downtown and in class. "
"Art in a public space gives opportunity for community engagement," Smith said. "Students and teachers at Pepperell Middle School and Pepperell High School were enthusiastic to learn about the HeART and multiple discussions about it were initiated in class."  She added, "The HeART resulted in people looking at, and talking about, art."