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Sophia Openshaw
Artist
Some of my best childhood memories are of catching fireflies. As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was catch fireflies at dusk with my sisters and our neighborhood friends. Once we caught them we would try to keep them in a jar, but we always ended up letting them go because they were so much more beautiful to watch in nature. I wanted to make the text and the fireflies look cohesive. I liked the idea of having them go up toward the sky, in a magical way. I thought silhouetting my figures would capture the feeling of catching fireflies. I used the trees to frame the sky and the children. I chose this poem because I knew I could do a really fun illustration with beautiful colors that a lot of people would connect with.

Fireflies blink brightly
Caught in jars of summer dreams
Where I once left them.

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