SULLIVANS ISLAND -- Ten-year-old Luke Andrews-Tezza didn't set out to develop a new art form.
He was riding his two-wheeled skateboard, known as a Wave Board, on the half-pipe outside of his home one day last year when he decided to spill some paint on the ground and ride through it. He liked how it looked.
It occurred to him that the design he had just made would look good on paper, so he laid down a piece, squirted out some more paint, and rolled around on it.
Now, Luke creates "Wave Board art" on canvas, and has enough paintings to take part in the Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars program and to display them at the Wells Gallery.
Luke said he loves to do "anything on a board." And he loves art. So Wave Board art is perfect for him.
He's one of 36 artistically inclined young people between 9 and 18 years old selected to participate in six shows during Piccolo Spoleto, said Larry Barnfield, Dorchester District 2's fine arts director. Barnfield created the Rising Stars program and serves as its producer and host.
The program, now in its second year, creates "a high presence for artistically gifted youth," he said.
"I really wanted to find a way for people to see, hear, feel and get emotionally connected to young people who have committed to an art form at a young age," Barnfield said.
The young people in this year's shows are among the state's most talented, he said, and they can focus on either visual or performing arts.
About 90 students applied with an online portfolio. A panel of judges comprised of artists from various parts of the state chose the final 36 participants, Barnfield said.
Luke's mom, Maria Andrews, said she was shocked one day when she came home and found paint splattered outside by her son's half-pipe. But then she took a closer look and said, "Ooh, that's pretty good."
Her son has always loved art, she said. He took some art classes when he was only 6 years old, where he made a painting of a snake. The painting sold for $100, she said.
Everything has come together for her son, now in fifth-grade at Sullivan's Island Elementary School, in the past two months, she said.
He learned that he had landed a spot in the Rising Stars program and that he had been selected to attend Charles-ton County's School of the Arts next year.
Luke said he likes other forms of painting and drawing, but for now, he's sticking with Wave Board art. "That's until I think of something else."
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