By Deborah Oh
La Cañada High School’s very own literary arts magazine is making young artists’ dreams come true. The first biannual issue of “The Ink and the Iris” was officially released on February 11th and showcases art and writing from 27 student artists. The two editors-in-chief and staff carefully selected 45 works of art for the magazine from the 110 submissions to feature in the tasteful and illustrious issue.
In regards to the spotlighted artwork, editor-in-chief Jordan Cutler-Tietjen stated, “We wanted to represent as much of the student body as possible while maintaining a high standard of artistry and personal vision.”
The magazine honored the artists at its release party to congratulate them on their impressive work. The student artists also appreciated the opportunity to have their work published by “The Ink and the Iris.”
Junior Natalie del Castillo, one of the artists, said, “Seeing my work in the magazine made my dream of being a photographer a reality. It makes me happy that other people were able to see my photo, and I feel motivated to keep working so my work can reach new audiences.”
Editor-in-chief Monica Song expressed pride in the magazine, saying, “I really enjoyed laying out the magazine this year. I appreciated how many submissions we received, and it’s heartwarming to see how impressed the artists are with the magazine.”
Her fellow editor-in-chief Jordan Cutler-Tietjen added, “This year we wanted to expand digitally, by updating and popularizing our website, and artistically, by elevating the design of our print edition. We hoped that the artistic and literary community could come together through this magazine.”
The first issue of the “Ink and the Iris” is now available in English and art classes, and the next issue is planned for the end of this school year. The next submission cycle begins this month, so don’t forget to submit!
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