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Young artist creates Leprechaun Days button

Rosemount Middle School art student Amelia Zaske drew the winning design for the 2018 Rosemount Leprechaun Days button. She holds the button artwork and showcases her favorite tiger painting and a recent pencil drawing. Kara Hildreth / Contributor1 / 2
The 2018 Rosemount Leprechaun Days button is for sale at stores and shops in Rosemount and serves as a fundraiser for Rosemount Area Seniors group. Kara Hildreth / Contributor2 / 2

ROSEMOUNT—The creativity from one young artist is being celebrated leading up to Rosemount's summer festival.

Amelia Zaske designed and drew the winning image for the 2018 Leprechaun Days button.

"It is really cool — I have never done anything like this before," Zaske said.

As a native of Rosemount, Zaske, 12, will be a seventh-grader at Rosemount Middle School this fall.

The button pays homage to the community's strong Irish traditions, Zaske said, as she designed it with a whimsical green leprechaun with a fun, loving face and the words and dates of the summer festival. She paid attention to small details and sketched in a faint rainbow and blue skies as the backdrop.

"She enjoys drawing and when she has time, it is kind of a pastime," said her mother, Maureen Zaske. Recalling how a kindergarten teacher noted artistic talents, her mother said her art teachers keep commenting how she shows a natural talent with drawing.

The festival buttons are on sale for $1 at local stores and shops in Rosemount and proceeds serve as a fundraiser for Rosemount Area Seniors group.

Zaske said she loves entering her art in the open class competitions at Dakota County Fair each August. Last year she won a purple grand champion ribbon for a black-and-white photograph of an old wagon wheel in her aunt's backyard taken at an interesting angle.

In fact, for the last five years Zaske's art has caught the attention of fair judges. Zaske has taken home many fair ribbons. In art classes and at home, she likes to experiment with pencil drawings, oil paints and chalk mediums.

When it came to designing the button, Zaske said she did a little research. "I pulled out a few pictures on my phone and mixed up a few things together like the beard and hat from pictures," Zaske said. She drew the image freehand and colored in her design with pencils.

Zaske takes art classes in school and attends the after-school art club. She said she has benefitted from middle school art teacher Bette Poukey.

When asked if she thinks art could become a career path, she said she intends to keep her art a hobby but she plans to continue exploring her drawing and other artistic mediums.

"It is just a way to pass time and I would say that I am fairly good at it," Zaske said smiling brightly as she holds her button design.