Riverside Junior Kaitlin Khosravi-Far’s self-portrait earned second place in the high school division of the Durham’s Finest Art Gallery.
The Durham’s Finest art show was held from January 9 to 26. Around a hundred paintings, drawings, photographs and even sculptures were contributed from elementary, middle and high schools across the county. Over the course of the seventeen day event, which ran January 9-26 at North Carolina Central University, three hundred people visited to see the student artwork.
Khosravi-Far’s piece was the top drawing among high high school students, beaten only by a photograph from a student attending Durham School of the Arts.
The self-portrait was originally drawn as an assignment in art teacher Crystal Brown’s classroom, and Khosravi-Far had no intention of submitting it. . The assignment was intended to be in black and white, but she asked and was given permission to draw it in color. When the drawing was finished, Brown submitted it to the gallery.
Khosravi-Far herself did not expect to do so well. “I’ve had my drawings featured there before one time in middle school, but I never got anything for it,” she said. “I didn’t know how to feel. I don’t know, it just made me speechless, I was so happy.”