PITTSFIELD >> The Face the Facts: Reduce Teen Pregnancy, a county wide coalition, hosted a Youth Art Expo at the Whitney Center for the Arts through the month of May. Art was submitted by local youth from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, Lee Middle and High School, Wahconah Regional High School, Miss Hall's School, Taconic High School, and Monument Mountain Regional High School.

The expo's theme was, "9 months from now, the only thing I am expecting is to be more ". Participating youth were asked to think about where they see themselves in nine months, and create an art piece which reflects that. Every participant submitted a piece that represented their hopes and dreams for the future.

Expo attendees were encouraged to vote for their favorite piece of art. In total, 136 votes were received for the 15 works on display. The partnership recently announced Lucy McMahon from Lenox Memorial captured 27 of those votes, winning the grand prize of a $100 Visa gift card.

McMahon's entry reflected her vision of: "In nine months, I hope to confront the things that are holding me back."

She writes, "The subject of the photograph is staring into a dark abyss, unsure of what it contains but facing it all the same. Though she may be vulnerable (as symbolized by her bare back) she is standing up to what scares her, and that is where I hope to be in nine months — facing my fears."


Alexsandra Tsangarides from Wahconah was voted the runner-up, earning a month of free painting classes with professional Pittsfield artist, Michelle Iglesias.

Tsangarides' photograph was taken on a hot beach of North Carolina. She writes, "This photograph brings me to a warm place, not specifically North Carolina, but anywhere nice and lively. The colors drag you into the picture and the clouds look like they will start moving any minute. This photograph looks like it could come to life. It gives me a joy that I cannot explain in words, excitement that makes my heart race."

See all the entries at facebook.com/BerkshireUW.