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BAA sees growth in student division

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The Badlands Art Association considers student artists as their future -- they help set up the shows and submit entries.

"The student division has only been growing every year," said Cherie Roshau, Trinity High School art teacher and a member of the association. "We encourage kindergarten through 12th grade to enter, and to bring their grandpa and grandma, their mom and dad to see the show and recognize their art."

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The 42nd annual show is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge. The purchase award preview is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and the show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11.

Dickinson's art teachers are compiling student work for the show.

"I'm working on a few projects," DHS student Mandy Marboe said.

Her favorite is drawing horses, combining two photographs into one image.

A senior at DHS, she is the daughter of Cindy Marboe of Dickinson and Clay Marboe.

Marboe credits her interest in art to her mother and older sisters.

"My sisters would teach me," she said. "I've taken most of the art I can at DHS."

Marboe doesn't have a favorite medium, but often works with pencil, pastels and acrylics. Her eye for detail was recognized in the state Duck Stamp competition, where she was named Best of Show runner-up.

Whenever she has a free period at DHS, chances are, she's working in Tod Winter's art classroom.

When she graduates, Marboe is considering a major related to art or agriculture. She has trained her horse, Dakota, to compete in local 4-H equine competitions.

"Mandy has a passion for art, which shows in her artwork," Winter said. "She's not afraid to take a risk -- she's a great risk-taker. She'll put her whole heart into it and you see it in her work."

Winter said the shows are an opportunity for the students to showcase their artwork. They have the option of entering either the student or adult divisions.

Art can be pursued as a job occupation or a hobby, he said.

"It's a way to get away from your work and to relax when you're under a lot of stress," he added.

THS senior Josh Haich draws whenever he has a spare moment in school.

"His hands are never still," Roshau said. "He will sit at a bench and sketch the whole noon hour. He has a phenomenal talent that is beyond his high school years."

He plans to enroll at North Dakota State University to study mechanical engineering and architecture.

"It's so my drawings have a realism to them, like Leonardo da Vinci -- he drew these cool machines that actually worked," Haich said.

With a bachelor's degree in hand, Haich wants to study a year at Feng Zhu's FZD School of Design in Singapore. He also admires the work of Frank Fazzetta, a designer of the original "Star Wars" and Syd Mead, a concept artist for "Blade Runner."

Haich, son of Jerome Haich, is putting together a portfolio of his drawings to put on a website for future reference.

"Right now, I'm working on a bunch of stuff, like cartoons," he said.

Haich works with pen or pencil -- whatever he has handy. He likes to do digital painting and drawings on the computer -- a hobby he pursues most days until midnight.

"His obsession is what makes him a great artist," Roshau said. "It's something that runs through his veins."

Roshau seeks to inspire her students to pursue a variety of mediums.

"Most students think if you draw well, you're a good artist, but there are so many areas of art, from 3-D to photography and watercolor," she said.

Examples of those mediums of art can be seen at the upcoming show.

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