Catonsville High’s 23rd Anual Edible Art Show


Jami Citko, Vicki Zhang, and Stefana Avara

April 4 marked Catonsville High School’s 23rd annual edible art show, where students create various pieces and showcase them. There was only one rule for the art work: it has to be made entirely out of food.

Artists of all ages created their own artwork, whether it be sculpture, mosaic, or portrait that was creative and enticing to eat. Once everyone had set up their creations, attendees were allowed to vote for their favorites, and winners were called until all prizes had been given out. After that, everyone is allowed to eat any project they want.

Freshman Sydney Hogarth and Tori Rest won first place in the High School/Community category with their portrait of Snow White, made almost entirely of apples.

“We started our project at 3pm today; we had to make sure the apples wouldn’t turn too brown before our project was judged. We saw the idea online and decided to try it ourselves; it turned out better than we thought!” described Rest.

Reeve Nyland, Sydney Brittingham, and Kathleen Prince created a piece of art that might look simple at first glance, but the meaning behind it is quite complex. These young Catonsville community members created a piece of art out of chocolate syrup that said “#Keelystrong31,” followed by a heart decorated with sprinkles and marshmallows. Keely Horch is a 12 year old 6th grader at Arbutus Middle School who suffered a reaction to bacterial meningitis. After already undergoing brain surgery, Keely is currently staying at Kennedy Krieger Hospital.

“We’ve all been friends with Keely for a long time. We wanted to show our support for her and raise awareness about her cause…We love Keely!” Nyland explained.

Although most contestants were there of their own will, students who are in the CHS National Art Honors Society were required to enter the event. Many of their creations were very creative, demonstrating the artistic spirit which caused them to be in NAHS.

Twin sister NAHS members Hannah and Hayley Slask created an eye catching project that took them over two hours to complete.

“We decided to make a Maryland flag out of toast; our mom suggested it,” described Hannah Slask.

Junior Zoe Waddell worked with sophomore Emily Ames to create a portrait of Phineas from the popular Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb. The two CHS students used tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, and olives to create the image.

“My project took me a half hour; I had to use scissors to cut my olives because I couldn’t find a knife,” Waddell expressed. “The Edible Art Show is a great opportunity to let students express themselves in a super creative way.”

It is safe to say that this year’s Edible Art Show was a success, and hopefully there will be many more to come.