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The fanciful work in graphite is by Olivia Olsen, inspired by the term "love birds." (Photo provided)

Two talented York High School seniors have been awarded $500 scholarships by the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild. This year’s recipients are Andrew Viverito for his watercolor of wolves, and Olivia Olsen for a juxtaposition of bride and bridegroom with birds, done in graphite.

Winners were chosen by EAG artists Adrienne Jaroscak and Nick Sgariato.

Viverito has been taking art most of his high school career. Asked why he used wolves as a subject for his 12-by-18-inch watercolor, he said he chose them because he's always felt a connection with these animals. His artwork is based on a photograph he found online. Viverito plans to continue in art as a minor or as a hobby, but intends to study electrical engineering in college.

Olsen’s graphite piece was done for a class project. She chose to juxtapose a bride and groom with birds, based on the phrase “love birds.” Her art teacher, Kelsey Manning, says she is a skilled artist who is great with any media she uses [graphite, acrylic, colored pencil, pastel] and one of the strongest artists seen at York. Olsen is continuing in art at Columbia College next year.

Catch an exhibit
The nonprofit Elmhurst Artists’ Guild operates a gallery open to the public in the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. The EAG gallery, featuring original contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media, currently is exhibiting the spring members show through June 14. Each Friday is a free day at the museum; admission at other times costs $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. More information is available at

The fanciful work in graphite is by Olivia Olsen, inspired by the term "love birds." (Photo provided)