Shelby Lemmerman was selected as Royalton High School’s (RHS) November Artist of the Month. She is the daughter of Doug and Leah Walz. Lemmerman, a junior, is heading to St. Cloud Technical College through the PSEO program.
Lemmerman said she is grateful for the opportunities that have strengthened her visual art portfolio in preparation for her “next step” in life.
“Earning Artist of the Month one last time certainly is an amazing feeling,” Lemmerman said. “Looking back at my high school years, I am really proud of my accomplishments that were directly related to Royalton’s visual arts department. Not many schools our size offer the number of different art classes that I have been able to take to build my PSEO college portfolio. As I head to the technical college next semester, I bring with me a strong visual arts portfolio that I have created in my many art classes the past four years.”
She said the top work in her watercolor collection was inspired by one of her role models, Debora Popp.
“She and her family are some of the most humble, kind and caring people that I know. They have done so much for me that I feel it is just right to give them something to reflect my gratitude,” Lemmerman said.
“We will miss Shelby around here.” said Royalton visual arts instructor Carl Halverson. “She has a ton of God-given talent which was easily recognized early in her high school career. Her portfolio is full of projects that were derived from lessons which provided the opportunity to use different media and techniques. She has created numerous artworks which have integrated themes found through direct observation, personal experiences, and her imagination.”
Halverson said Lemmerman’s love for horses may have been the subject of some recent watercolor works.
“But her personal experiences only take a back seat to the personal ‘who’ that she was painting the piece for,” Halverson said. “I would have to agree with her, that this Popp family is extremely worthy of such honorable words. And, in this case, this beautiful watercolor painting, inspired from the heart of one of the most gifted young artists who has ever blessed my classroom.”