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Gwen Wodark? More like Gwen’s Good Art

The 2017 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness High School Student Contest rewarded Gwen Wodark’s watercolor painting the art categories silver award of $1,000

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  AP Environmental Science teacher Ms. Kung encouraged senior Gwen Wodark and fellow students to submit to the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program, which accepts projects from students as far as China and New Zealand. Wodark is gratefully surprised with her successful, and deserved silver award. However, nobody should be surprised, the simple beauty of her watercolor painting conveys an impactful message.

  Her reflection stating, “The ocean is a prime resource that we need to survive, so we need to start acting like it is,” is sublimely shown through dramatic contrast of four arms struggling to find balance within each other.

  Two intertwined arms, one of a dark city, and one of a flourishing ocean begin the painting. In the second set of arms, the arm depicting the city devastatingly taints the ocean, and the ocean desperately tries to escape, “as the ocean tries to break free we hold on tightly, we need it to survive.” The third image seemingly shows the point of no return, the ocean’s arm parts away, as we have destroyed it and its inhabitants.

  The final image of the arms once again connected, although hypothetical, gives us hope on what could be only if we act now.

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