PHS Juniors win People's Choice
PHS juniors are People's Choice winners in local art contest
Posted on 03/04/2016
Heart AwardThe 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.  Juniors Heaven Forsyth and Justin Smith created a work of art shaped like a heart that was displayed in front of Johnny’s Pizza on Broad.  The artwork, created through involvement in Redmond Hospital’s third annual Rome Community HeART Project, is titled, “Unlock Your Heart."  

The winning heart portrays a Victorian lock on one side, with a scene from the Robert Redden Footbridge in Rome on the other.  The work was inspired by people placing locks on the footbridge in the same manner as people place locks on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris called “locks of love.”  The PHS juniors’ work received a total of 837 votes to win People’s Choice.  The next highest vote total was 725 votes.  

Forsyth and Smith 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.

Pepperell seniors Olivia Escutia and Ashleigh Bradford won the People’s Choice Award last year in the competition for their work inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” titled, “Starry, Starry Rome.”

Cristie Smith, art teacher at Pepperell High, was very proud that her students have taken the award two consecutive years. "I encourage my students to participate in the competition each year," Smith said. "We appreciate everyone who voted throughout the month and supported our talented art students."