CNY Arts Center – Arts in the heART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton has another great student showing her art work for the month of April.
Cassondra Alexis Orr-Savage, 18, is an honor roll student at G. Ray Bodley High School.
In junior high, she noticed she enjoyed and understood art a lot more than many of her school mates. She gets some of her inspiration from her older sister, who is also loves art — visual arts and performing arts as well.
Seeing the beautiful pictures her sister created made Orr-Savage want to be better at art.
Sara Koblentz is the reason Orr-Savage has enjoyed art in high school these past few years.
Koblentz was the high school art teacher who retired last year. This almost discouraged Orr-Savage from continuing with her senior year in art.
She completed every art class offered by the high school and now is in independent study for art. This shows the need and desire to have art in schools and outside school as well.
Koblentz pushed Orr-Savage into getting out of her comfort zone and exploring new avenues in art.
“She will always be my most honest critic, whether she hates what I am doing and tells me to trash it and start over or that she loved what I was doing and how to make it better, said Orr-
“I enjoy doing realistic watercolor paintings and portrait, but recently I’ve enjoyed doing bright abstract colored pieces,” she said.
Much of her inspiration for her art work is due to a very nasty break up, which has changed everything about her artwork. She has even had her work recognized by state Sen. Patricia Richie in the North County Art Council Celebrating Local Artists.
Orr-Savage takes her studies very seriously. As a senior, not only is she a high honor student but she is also involved in New Visions Law and Government Honors program through Oswego County BOCES.
For years she was raised primarily by her mother; her father was never in the picture. For the last several years she has been raised by her mother and her mother’s wife, who adopted Orr-Savage in June 2013.
Now her future is focused; she is following in her brother’s footsteps and joining the military. After high school she will be entering the Air Force working in security.
She hopes to continue to work on her art in her downtime. Her goal is to retire when she is 38, get her own art studio in her house and continue what she loves to do – ART!
Orr-Savage’s paintings can be seen at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787) for more information.