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Alfaro named Exceptional Young Artist by GAC

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By The Staff

The Gadsden Arts Center is pleased to honor Reyna Alfaro, a junior at East Gadsden High School, as the recipient of the Exceptional Young Artist Award.

Alfaro is a dedicated artist who creates beautifully crafted, imaginative works of art, continuously works to improve, helps others and has a vision for her future.

“So many years have gone by since I was asked the question in third grade, ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ I want to be an architect,” said Alfaro. Her goal has grown and matured since third grade, but she still knows that she would like to attain a career where she can express her artistic talents and pursue a passion for her art. 

Alfaro said her father serves as her inspiration “…because he always wanted to be an architect.” She hopes to begin work on her architecture degree at FAMU, and eventually “create ecology-friendly houses that would help decrease the use of trees.”

Alfaro’s art teacher,Peggy Simmons, recommendedAlfaro for this honor. She said Alfaro shows outstanding leadership, manages East Gadsden High School’s challenging academic program extremely well, and that in her class and others, is always striving to do the best, most advanced work.

Examples Alfaro’s work are on display in the Bates Children’s Gallery at the Gadsden Arts Center, along with an exhibition of works of art by East Gadsden High School students, through June 14. The Exceptional Young Artist award program is sponsored by Toni Robinson of Vero Beach.

The Gadsden Arts Center is located at 13 N. Madison St.