Johnstown student earns “Outstanding Artist Award” for SPAC’s 2023 Festival of Young Artists

a teenager wears a plaid flannel shirt and sits in front of a colorful wall

Elliot Brownell, sophomore at Johnstown High School.

Elliot Brownell, a 15 year-old sophomore at Johnstown High School, was recently named “Outstanding Artist Award Winner” for the 2023 Adirondack Trust Company Festival of Young Artists. Elliot’s piece of art, entitled “Bits Bobs and Everything In-Between,” was created using a variety of mediums including inks, colored pencils and gouache. 

Elliot’s artwork, along with artwork from more than 60 other students from the area, will be featured in a festival taking place on Sunday, June 4 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). The gallery will also be available to view online: 

Elliot says he has always loved art and recalled a time in first or second grade at the former Glebe Street Elementary School where he created a comic strip based on a musical troupe that visited the school. “That was my earliest memory of loving art,” he said.

He currently takes Painting and Drawing with HS art teacher Erin Kelly, and hopes to continue taking other art electives in his junior and senior years at Johnstown, including Printmaking, Advanced Art, Ceramics and maybe Art History. 

Elliot is also considering enrolling in HFM BOCES’ “Digital Multimedia” program through the Career & Technical Education (CTE) program. He is not sure what his immediate plans are after graduation from Johnstown, but would like to work towards his dream job of creating animated films.

a colorful abstract drawing, with primary colors of purple and yellow

Elliot Brownell’s prize-winning drawing, titled “Bits Bobs and Everything In-Between.”

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