Two Artists from Envision Arts Win APH Awards

By Holly Herring • Jul 29, 2022
Roshunda stands in the art room with her finished piece titled, “Cat On A Windowsill”, which won 2nd

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From all of us at Envision, we’d like to congratulate artists Gretchen Howarth and Roshunda Holt for winning 1st and 2nd place in the American Printing House for the Blind’s (APH) annual InSights Art Competition! Gretchen won 1st place in the Painting category with her artwork titled, Dreamcoat, and Roshunda won 2nd place in the Sculpture category for her piece titled, Cat On A Windowsill.

“The name of my painting was inspired by a Dolly Parton song, “Coat of Many Colors,” said Howarth. “This piece with its vibrant colors is what gratitude feels like to me. It’s about the amazing people always in my corner and the fact that I got to  go to the Jersey Shore every summer for the first twenty years of my life; and the awe has never left me.”

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“I am simply elated to have won 2nd place in this year’s art competition,” said Holt. “I was inspired to make Cat on a Windowsill in order to add more character to my mosaics. It was truly a group effort. Heather Wise helped me with the resin, Marlene Smith assisted with building the frame, and my classmate Christina Kester’s son, Marshall, made the curtain for me. I am so grateful to those who believe in my skills and assist in making my artwork the best it can be! What started as a simple calico cat mosaic, turned out to be way more developed than I even imagined! Looking forward to my next artistic creation! A special thanks to my Art Director, Sarah Kephart, for inspiring and encouraging me to continue to expand my visual outlook on what art can truly be!”

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Gretchen and Roshunda’s artwork will be displayed at the APH InSights Art Exhibit during APH’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Louisville in October 2022 and for the duration of a full year.