By ANTHONY SPAULDING
Director of Communications
Pope John XXIII Regional High School
Alaina Kurish, a 2017 graduate of Pope John XXIII Regional High School, had her original oil painting, "Garden Flower", featured for exhibit at the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show in Frankford.
Kurish's painting was displayed in the "Art in Bloom," which is part of the fair's professional flower show. In the exhibit, each painting was interpreted in flowers by a professional florist.
Redshaw's Flower Shop of Sparta designed a floral arrangement based on Kurish's painting for Pope John, where she learned to paint under the guidance of Mrs. Susan Elvena. The floral arrangement was judged by National Garden Club judges.
All pictures and flower arrangements were on display in the conservatory during the entire fair, which went from Aug. 4-13.
Kurish's "Garden Flower" painting, which featured a large pink flower nestled in a forest, was her latest artwork to be displayed at a local show. The Franklin native also had work selected to be a part of the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council Gallery in each of the last two years and had work displayed at the Sussex County Teen Arts Festival. Two of her art pieces — her white charcoal "King of the Jungle" and her oil, "Where life takes you" — were displayed at the SCAHC exhibits.
Kurish will be attending the University of Delaware in the fall, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Art.