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Art in the Airport

Ava Colvin smiles as visitors view her artwork at Albert J. Ellis Airport
Ava Colvin smiles as visitors view her artwork at Albert J. Ellis Airport.

On April 1, high school art students from Onslow County proudly looked upon their work as it lined the upstairs walkway of Albert J. Ellis Airport. 
 
Seventeen pieces of OCS student artwork were chosen to be a part of “Be Inspired,” the newest installment of the Albert J. Ellis Art in the Airport series. Pieces varied in medium and style and included paintings, pencil drawings, digital photography and more. Some students opted to depict animals and sea creatures, while others went for portraits or landscapes. 

Alexandria Wells and LeAnna Fore
Alexandria Wells and LeAnna Fore pose with their artwork at OAJ.


Alexandria Wells, a sophomore at Jacksonville High School, said that her piece, a patriotic colored pencil drawing called “Take Flight,” was unique in that she specifically designed it for an airport.  

“Jacksonville is mainly based around the Marine base, that’s what we mostly have, so I did Iwo Jima, and the eagle, globe and anchor, and the Statue of Liberty,” she said. “And the background is maps of Charlotte, Atlanta and Jacksonville, because that’s where the airport goes to.”  

Another unique work that was featured was a collaborative piece between Swansboro High School senior Ava Colvin and 5th grader Carter Sims from Hunters Creek Elementary. 
 
“I kind of had an idea of what to do because he did a waterfall in the background with rocks and grass, so I figured I would just do a landscape to compliment that,” Colvin said. The pair also worked together to create the person pictured in the drawing. Carter drew the person’s body, while Ava drew the face.  

All the art chosen from OCS students will be displayed at the airport for the next few months, during which time, it will be seen by the thousands flying in and out of Albert J. Ellis Airport.  

Emily Sonnier's piece, "OctoTrip" hangs in Albert J. Ellis Airport
Emily Sonnier's piece, "OctoTrip" hangs in Albert J. Ellis Airport.


Congratulations to all students whose work was chosen! 

The featured students and artwork include:  

Richlands High School 

Visual Arts Teacher: Renee Tripp 

  • Shelby Barney  
  • Serena Archacki, "Charleston, SC" 

Swansboro High School & Hunters Creek Elementary Collaborative Art 

  • Ava Colvin- SBHS, Visual Arts Teacher: Teresa Murphy 
  • Carter Sims- HCES, Visual Arts Teacher: Hali Moritz 

Swansboro High School 

Visual Arts Teacher: Teresa Murphy 

  • MacKenzie Koehn, "Hawaii Travel Poster" 

Dr. Lisa Peele and all of the visual arts teachers whose work was chosen for the exhibit
Dr. Lisa Peele and all of the visual arts teachers whose students' work was chosen for the exhibit.

Jacksonville High School 

Visual Arts Teacher: Kelly Ottaway 

  • Kristin Painter, "Prayer is the key of the Morning -M. Ghandi" 

Visual Arts Teacher: Bernie Rosage 

  • Alexandria Wells, "Take Flight"  
  • Destani Ford, LeAnna Fore, and Paige Jamison (all 3 portraits on one canvas)
  • Mariah Hill, "You're So Down To Earth" 

Southwest High School 

Visual Arts Teacher: Renee Otero 

  • Haleigh Cook-Watt, Untitled
  • TaHalia Fairman, Untitled  

Exhibit visitors admire the student artwork
Exhibit visitors admire the student artwork.

Northside High School 

Visual Arts Teacher: Sara Gant 

  • Emily Sonnier, "OctoTrip"
  • Hanna LaPointe, "Clyde" 

Dixon High School 

Visual Arts Teacher: Kelly Cotton 

  • Cristiana Bishop, "Serenade"
  • Taylor Iadonisi, Untitled 

The work of Kanisha Dancy, Phoebe Chambers, Mariah Hill, and Kristin Painter hang at OAJ
The work of Kanisha Dancy, Phoebe Chambers, Mariah Hill, and Kristin Painter hang at OAJ.

White Oak High School 

Visual Arts Teacher: Debra Pylypiw 

  • Phoebe Chambers, Untitled 

Onslow County Learning Center 

Visual Arts Teacher: Janesa White 

  • Kanisha Dancy, Self Portrait