November 1, 2014

Medina
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Teen artist has brush with public office

Artist Sarah Griffith, 16, of Medina Township, presents a portrait she painted to Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell on Friday. The painting will hang in the mayor’s outer office. (COURTESY PHOTO)

A 16-year-old artist is getting some public attention.

Sarah Griffith, a Medina Township resident, last week presented the mayor with a portrait she painted of him.

Sarah, who is homeschooled, said she got the idea after participating in the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur’s Academy.

As part of the academy, students learn how to start and run a business over the course of an academic year.

Sarah said she met Hanwell though the program, and her father, who is involved in city government committees, later passed along her business card to the mayor. The two came up with the idea of painting his portrait.

“I had the idea of wanting to give back to the community,” she said.

Sarah has a small portrait business, she said. She plans to go to an art college and return to Medina to grow her business.

For the mayor’s portrait, Sarah used a photo taken by retired Common Pleas Juvenile and Probate Judge John J. Lohn. She spent several months on the painting and presented it to the mayor Friday.

“I am very thankful and appreciative for the talent, time and effort that Ms. Griffith put into this painting,” Hanwell said. “I will proudly display it and cherish it.”

Hanwell will display the photo in the front part of his office with a plaque recognizing Sarah for the painting and Lohn for the photo.

More examples of Sarah’s work can be found at www.sarahfaithgriffith.com.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.