Kesarin Ketpara: Cultivating creativity

The Inverness Festival of the Arts Committee awarded three scholarships to graduating seniors for study in the arts. Kesarin Ketpara earned one of the three:

Woody Harding

Special to the Chronicle

Kesarin Ketpara had an early interest in art, but this 2017 Lecanto High School graduate has been accelerating the development of her considerable artistic talent since moving to Citrus County in the middle of her junior year.

Kesarin is a 2017 recipient of one of the Inverness Festival of the Arts Committee scholarships, designed to assist Citrus County students pursuing a post-secondary degree in the visual arts field.

Her prior recognitions include an Award of Excellence for her entry in the 2016 Inverness Festival of the Arts, first place in the Norristown Art Show Student Division as a sophomore, and a scholarship to the highly selective summer Visual Arts Program at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Lacking much by way of formal training before enrolling in Lecanto High School, Kesarin has no strong affinity for any specific art medium. She currently enjoys “experimenting in multi-media” and continues “to experience exciting new facets in every direction” she pursues.

Her incredible artwork, “My Grandfather’s Lamp,” was created laboriously using exclusively colored pencils. It has special significance to Kesarin as the lamp was her great-grandfather’s.

Kesarin found the creation of this piece especially challenging because of the required reproduction of the “intricate details” and the “necessity to match the metallic brass glow of the subject piece.”

Kesarin’s plans include attending the College of Central Florida, followed by the University of Central Florida. Because she has not yet “established a preference” for a specific art medium, her direction remains open. But, with her talent and drive, it can be said with confidence that her future work will glow like “My Grandfather’s Lamp.”

For further information on the Festival of the Arts Committee and this year’s festival scheduled for Nov. 4 and 5 in historic downtown Inverness, visit Invernessfestofthearts on Facebook.

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