UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of “aggression” by the United States, United Kingdom and France against Syria on Saturday, a vote reflecting support for the allied airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites. But the vote at the end of an emergency meeting called by Russia also demonstrated again the paralysis of the U.N.’s most powerful body in dealing with Syria’s seven-year conflict. Russia’s demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to “aggression” and “any further use of force” by the three Western allies got support from only two other countries on the 15-member Security Council — China and Bolivia. By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft — the U.S., U.K., France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast. Four countries abstained — Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru. At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the U.S. and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma. The U.S., U.K. and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad’s government. Russia and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma.

A variety of subject matter and media is on display for the High School Art Awards at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. Students from local high schools exhibited their work, which various community groups recognized. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)

MARQUETTE — Ceramic shoes with no laces, a drawing of train tracks and power lines and artwork entitled “My Mind is a Hamster Wheel” symbolized the variety of pieces exhibited at the sixth annual High School Art Awards at the city of Marquette Arts and Culture Center.

Although the pieces will be on display through April 28, awards were handed out Thursday evening at the MACC.

How does a judge choose between a pencil drawing of fictional villain Hannibal Lecter and something called “Landscape in Blue”?

It wasn’t easy.

Lake Superior Art Association President Michele Tuccini said that although she wasn’t a judge this year, four LSAA board members had that role.

“Each one of them said, ‘Oh my God. How can you decide?'” she said.

Tiina Harris, community services manager of arts and culture for the city of Marquette, said the event is growing.

“It’s so exciting to see all of this interest in art and incredible creativity,” Harris said. “More people come to look at this art than any other show that we have.”

The MACC is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, which will be renovated beginning in May.

In fact, Harris said the high school art exhibit will be the last show for five to six months as the library undergoes changes.

“You will see a new and improved art space and library,” Harris said. “I think you’re all going to really love the changes.”

Three groups presented awards to the young artists, who came from Marquette Senior and Alternative high schools, Negaunee High School and Gwinn High School.

One of those groups was the LSAA.

“These are your future artists here,” Tuccini said.

One LSAA award went to Maureen “Mo” Miller, a student at Marquette Senior High School, who displayed several pieces, which included “Self-Portrait.”

The other LSAA winner was Amelia Cole, also of MSHS, whose work included “Tears from The Gore Range.”

Of the pieces she had on display, Miller said she particularly liked her self-portrait as well as “The Jungle.”

“The project was to draw animals in a landscape, and I thought it would be cool to do a jungle,” Miller said. “I like orangutans and elephants.”

Cole’s ‘Gore Range’ depicted an area in Colorado.

However, it wasn’t a typical drawing. Instead of using a blank piece of paper, she blended her art with contour lines.

“I thought it would be fun to work with the lines on a topo map,” Cole said.

Daric Christian, associate dean and director of Northern Michigan University School of Art and Design, and an NMU graphic design professor, Jane Milkie, presented the NMU Art and Design Awards.

“Great work,” Milkie said of the high schoolers’ entries. “The range, the quantity, the media, diversity is just fantastic.”

First place went to Elina Zhang for her “Dante’s Paradiso.”

Zhang, an MSHS student, said her winning piece sprung out of studying world history at school.

“It was a homework assignment,” Zhang said.

Second place went to Jared Rowland, a Gwinn High School student, for his Memory Project, “Portrait with Glasses.” Third place was awarded to Gwinn student Abigail Liggett for “Edward Told The Stars.”

Honorable mentions went to: MAHS student Whitney Rudden for “My North Star,” MSHS student Sabrina Stanley for “Balloon” and Gwinn student Sydney LaBre for “Wool Sunset.”

The PWPL Teen Advisory Board gave out Peer Choice Awards as well.

The recipients were: Ava Brooks, “Aquarius,” MSHS; Angel Griggs, “And I think I understand what people mean to each other,” Gwinn; Evan Hassal, ASAP Rocky Portrait, Negaunee; Mia Heribacka, “Self-Portrait,” MSHS; Paige Kachmarsky, “Manga-Style Collection,” MSHS; Abby Kroll, “The Amazon,” MSHS; LaBre for her “Sunset” wool piece; Paul Leow, “Tardis on Gallifrey,” MSHS; Miller, “Sunset Lake” and “The Jungle,” MSHS; and Devyn Trost, “Zombie Elders,” MAHS.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.