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Kara Witcher poses with her artwork.
Kara Witcher poses with her artwork. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)
Kara Witcher poses with her artwork.
Kara Witcher poses with her artwork. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)
Alicia Clark
Alicia Clark (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

Inspiration can move at different speeds when artists are looking for that perfect creative outlet.

Take 10-year-old Kara Witcher, a student at Feltwell Elementary School.

Last year, she created her own work of art overnight, a vibrant still-life of an everyday scene in her family’s house.

“My mom reminded me of the competition,” Kara said of her painting’s genesis. “I looked on the kitchen counter, saw some flowers and knew I’d do some flowers with the landscape in the background.”

While Kara whipped up her exhibit quickly, 10-year-old Alicia Clark, also a Feltwell Elementary attendee, was more methodical.

She created a self-portrait over the course of two weeks.

Different artists, different styles, different inspirational speeds.

Regardless, both girls can be proud of their creations, as they were both selected as winners to compete in the Boys and Girls Club of America National Fine Arts Exhibit.

The program begins at the local level. Kara took first place with a collage in the age 9 and younger group, which she made when she was still 9.

Alicia won in the 10- to 12-year-old category.

Both pieces went on to a regional competition in Sasebo, Japan, with a shot at a national exhibition coming up soon. Hundreds of Boys and Girls club branches take part in the contest each year.

Despite their accomplishments at such young ages, both girls were pretty nonchalant about the whole thing.

“It’s fun,” Alicia said of art. “And I feel wonderful when I do it.”

While Alicia said art is more a casual hobby and that she’d rather grow up to be a librarian or a teacher, Kara has her sights set on making her life all about the arts.

“I like making up stuff, like drawing little creatures that don’t exist, or doing landscapes with shapes and colorful scenes,” she said.

Needless to say, both moms are happy for their daughters.

“I’m really proud,” Alicia’s mom, Laura, said. “She takes her time and does a fantastic job in all she does.”

Alicia was quick to point to the help of her art teacher, Karen Griffis.

“My art teacher inspired me,” she said.

Kara said that prospective artists should jump right in.

“They might say they can’t do anything,” she said. “I would say use your imagination, make something up and do the best you can on it.”

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