LANESBORO — Adrik Nevalainen created two paintings, but he considers them one project.
One is vivid red with smears of black. The second is deep blue, with elements of lighter blue and white worked in, resembling white caps on an ocean wave.
The project, called “Heart Versus Mind,” represents two sides fighting for the attention of the human they embody.
“The red represents your ego and your mindset. The blue represents your heart and your intuitive (sense),” Nevalainen said. “Red being passion and aggression. And blue being that calmness — that healing.”
Nevalainen, a sophomore at Fillmore Central High School, is one of dozens of students whose work has been selected for the Annual Juried High School Arts Show. Hosted by Lanesboro Arts, the event showcases the work of students from four different school systems — Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, Chatfield and Rushford-Peterson.
The show will be held Jan. 16 through Feb. 7. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The show has been happening for more than a decade. It’s a chance for artists to be seen, speak about their work, and gain inspiration from each other.
When creating the red half of this project, Nevalainen incorporated ash from his family’s fire pit. He scraped tin foil across the painting to give it the right effect.
“I really wanted to get it 'harsh,' ” he said.
For contrast, he poured water over the blue painting to give it a softer look.
Another Fillmore Central student, Maddy Bergey, created a human heart out of clay. The piece, titled “For Elsie,” is a tribute to her niece who was stillborn.
“That tragedy in our family really taught me the fragility of life,” she said. “I wanted to honor her through making this.”
Bergey said art helps her express emotions that words cannot.
Because of the pandemic, the show will operate a little differently. There will not be an opening reception, and the number of entries this year was cut in half, to about 40.
Nevalainen and Bergey’s teacher, Carrie Mathison, said her students are taking full advantage of the show since they aren't sure what other opportunities they'll have. She said feedback on their work helps them grow as artists.
Despite the changes that have been implemented, event organizer Robbie Lambrecht thinks this year will be special for the students in its own way.
“It’s maybe the most important year we’ve ever ever had for this show,” she said. “It’s showing that life goes on — that there is a place to have an outlet for your emotions, that you’re still being supported, and inspired and encouraged.”