Wagner wins congressional art competition

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM.

The arts run in her family, it seems.

Wagner’s grandmother is fourth-grade teacher Karen Odom who works at Port St. Joe Elementary School. Also an artist, Odom encouraged her granddaughter to be creative from a young age, purchasing art supplies and canvases for the budding painter.

“I’d known Karen for years, but I didn’t know they were related,” said Hodges. “I was able to see Lauren’s talent without connecting her to a family member.”

Hodges said that Wagner is quiet and shy but art is what really opens her up.

“I’m not like everyone else,” Wagner said. “I get into my work.”

For Hodges, that’s what it’s all about.

She’s constantly looking for new ways to bring art into the classroom in order to expose students to as many mediums as possible. She hopes that they’ll find a form of self-expression that ignites a passion.

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