A photograph taken by Jackie Wolfe, a Columbus Academy senior from Blacklick, was one of 25 artworks chosen for the Governor's Award of Excellence in the Youth Art Exhibition. There were more than 12,000 entries.

A photograph taken by Jackie Wolfe, a Columbus Academy senior from Blacklick, was one of 25 artworks chosen for the Governor's Award of Excellence in the Youth Art Exhibition. There were more than 12,000 entries.

Wolfe said she has a friend in Maine and they visited a remote island.

On the island is an abandoned orphanage that residents call the "haunted nunnery."

"They just left things there, condiments in the fridge, furniture," Wolfe said. "It's unlocked so anyone can go inside."

Wolfe and her friends stopped by the nunnery one evening but were too scared to set foot inside, even though the building is unlocked. So she went back the next day and took some pictures.

The photo chosen to receive an Award of Excellence features a shelf full of cleaning supplies. In the middle of the shelf is a statue of the Virgin Mary, Wolfe said.

"It is funny and ironic," she said. "It is a real interesting place."

Wolfe said this is her second year taking photographs. She was never good at drawing or painting but trained her eye to take photos.

"It is a form of expression that does not require the skills of painting and drawing," she said.

Wolfe said she also took pictures at the North Market. She said she loves taking pictures of patterns not visible to the naked eye.

She keeps a camera in her car. While driving around during the winter she pulled over to take some pictures and got stuck in the snow.

Wolfe said she was really surprised to have a photo chosen for the award of excellence because judging is so subjective. She submitted four to five pieces of art for the contest.

"The one chosen was one of my favorite photos," she said.

Wolfe also enjoyed the opening of the art show. She said most people understood the picture was funny or ironic. But one dad commented, "Why on earth did they choose that photo?"

She plans to attend the Ohio State University where she will major in business. She is interested in a photography minor. Wolfe said she realized she would like to take photography formally.

"I would like to encourage people to try different things," she said.

Wolfe took a ceramic class at Columbus College of Art and Design and plans to take a glass blowing class this summer.

The state exhibition runs through May 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rhodes State Officer Tower.

Junior Madison Lee had a photograph selected for the Governor's Office display.

A number of Columbus Academy artworks were chosen for the regional show held at the Catacombs Gallery in the Short North. The collection included another photograph by Lee, a painting by junior Alannah Linkhorn (Westerville), three pieces in photography by senior Jordan Wood (Canal Winchester) and photographs by seniors Garden Dunn (New Albany), Courtney Miller (New Albany) and Megan Wright (New Albany), juniors Sarah Dean (New Albany and Evan Sheets (Powell) and sophomores Gebby Keny (Worthington), Michelle Knopp (Whitehall), Alex Rife (New Albany) and Travis Rooke (Alexandria).

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