Ellie Wrigley

Ellie Wrigley

Sedgwick student’s artwork recognized in Washington, D.C.

Wrigley took part in World Children’s Festival earlier this month

The scene depicts many elements of nature ranging from faces to fish.

It pertains to sports, but not the ones that traditionally appeal to Americans, such as football, baseball and basketball.

That is because the artist was 13-year-old Ellie Wrigley.

Wrigley, who attends John Sedgwick Junior High, participated in the Arts Olympiad two years ago as a student at Olalla Elementary School.

She placed first in her school competition and later was selected as a delegate to represent Washington at the World Children’s Festival (WCF) June 30-July 4 in Washington, D.C.

Launched in 1999 as the “Olympics” of children’s imagination, WCF has grown into a quadrennial event. WCF advances a grassroots movement for every child’s creative and empathic development launched by the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) about 20 years ago as the foundation for widespread prosperity and global peace.

Wrigley’s work was displayed with other students from more than 70 countries. Her piece represented snowkiting, which is her favorite sport. Also known as kite boarding, snowkiting is a sport where people use kite power to glide on snow or ice.

She likes it because it’s more thrilling than just regular snowboarding.

While she enjoyed the intricacies that came with depicting several scenes — Wrigley wore down several colored pencils during the shading process — she prefers another form of art that she was not able to apply to the Olympiad project.

“I’m really into manga,” said Wrigley, referring to the Japanese-style comic books. “I like to draw faces — people faces and animals.

“I like combining the two. Making dog girls and stuff.”

Wrigley, who will enter eighth grade in September, enjoyed viewing the artwork of others along with a personal tour of the Capitol, which her mother, Sarah, set up through Rep. Derek Kilmer’s office.

Wrigley said she walked 10 miles one day and 25 overall during the trip and her favorite structures were the Lincoln Memorial and Library of Congress. But she hopes to return someday to see more.

“All of the buildings were really amazing, very detailed and huge,” Wrigley said. “It was really cool.”

For now, she plans to broaden her artistic skills through a variety of school classes.

“I haven’t done much painting,” Wrigley said. “I would like to do more painting with acrylics.”

Even though nearly five years separate from receiving her high-school diploma at the Tacoma Dome, Wrigley already has a career in mind. It also is one that might not involve her current passion — but the possibilities are endless.

“I would want to be a chocolatier,” Wrigley said. “That would be fun.”

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