Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 3, 2005

Emily Horstmann earns several awards at county, state fairs for her drawings

By Ryan Gueningsman
Staff Writer

Following her heart by doing something she has always loved has earned Winsted’s Emily Horstmann several awards at county and state fair competitions for her pencil drawings.

Horstmann, the daughter of Cecil and Laura Horstmann, entered three of her drawings in competition at the Wright County Fair this summer. Two of her photos took first place ribbons, while the third garnered a second place ribbon.

“I was really shocked when I got two grand champion awards at the county fair,” Horstmann said.

She said she was encouraged by her friends and family to take things to the next step and enter her artwork at the Minnesota State Fair.

All three of her pictures earned awards at the state fair including a first place ribbon, a second place ribbon, and an honorable mention.

Encouraged by those results, Horstmann said she already has a few ideas in the works for next summer’s fairs.

Influenced at a young age by her grandfather, Raymond Swanson of Watertown, Horstmann began creating pencil drawings and pen and ink drawings at a young age. Her grandfather hand-lettered doors on police cars for a Twin Cities suburb.

“My grandfather’s pretty artistic,” Horstmann said, noting that she would have him draw her pictures out of an animal encyclopedia when she was younger.

Horstmann, a senior at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, said throughout her school years, she has been in numerous art classes, but said this year, her schedule wouldn’t allow for an art class.

Even though there isn’t an art class in her schedule, that doesn’t mean it isn’t full on a daily basis. Horstmann is also in her third year of cross country at HLWW, and has her third year of being a captain on the track team in front of her this spring.

She also takes part in the Athletic Council, and is the public relations officer for National Honor Society. She was also in the Sunrise 4-H club in Victor Township for about eight years, she said.

While at school, June Egberg and Denise Merritt both influenced and encouraged Horstmann in her drawing, and to pursue it further. She said she enjoys any type of art – from water colors, to acrylics, pencil, pen and ink, and pastels.

Upon her graduation from HLWW this spring, Horstmann is considering pursuing a career in the medical field, but also doesn’t want to put her artistic talents on the back burner.

“God gave me this talent for a reason,” she said. “I hope to be able to find a way to use it.”


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