High School Artist Extraordinaire Zoey Werme Restores Mt. Baldhead Sign
It was this nurturing art community that made local talent and scholarship recipient Zoey Werme reconsider working with the City of Saugatuck to restore the Mt. Balhead sign that was in very bad shape.
Saugatuck Public Schools (SPS) Arts Program Instructor Christa Wise approached Werme about the project, consisting of repainting a carved wooden sign featuring lettering, a verdant landscape and a background.
“She is absolutely an incredible painter,” said Wise.
Due to her busy schedule, Werme was not available Tuesday to comment about her experience working on the project.
“Ms. Werme did a wonderful job working on the sign and it has never looked better. It’s great to have young adults like Ms. Werme perform this kind of community service,” said Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier.
A senior this year, Werme is a 4.0 GPA (grand point average) student and the recipient of $100,000 in scholarship money.
However, she is still undecided whether to attend Kendall College of Art and Design or the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
“She declined at first; she had so many other projects she had already committed to,” said her teacher and mentor Wise about the Mt. Baldhead project.
“But she reconsidered. She old me, ‘I really feel I should reallygive back to my community.’ She has been nurtured as an artist in this community and she really wanted to give back.”
This is not the first time the school district has partnered with Saugatuck for a project benefiting the public. In 2010, the city council asked students to conceptualize, design and construct a new Saugatuck Oval Beach sign.
In that project, the council opted to combine two design concepts received among a wide array of proposals consisting of varied construction elements, metal, wood, brick, etc., that a number of students presented them with.
SPS students have also worked on projects with the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society for the past seven years.
They too created the sculptures outside of Saugatuck Center for the Arts, made posters for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, Taste of Saugatuck, and the Awards Benefit, said Wise.