Fourteen-year-old Andrea Pfau, of Shiloh, has not just one, but two of her photographs on display in St. Louis' 250th birthday exhibit at the Sheldon Art Gallery.
Andrea's photograph of the St. Louis Science Center illuminated with rainbow-colored lights and a beautiful sunset captured first place in the gallery's metro-wide photo contest in the places and architecture category of the youth division.
"We saw there was a pretty sunset and they were projecting colors onto the top part of the Planetarium," she said. "We thought if we can get the rainbow and the sunset in at the same time that would be a really cool picture."
That's why Andrea thinks photography is so cool.
"You get to see the world basically in a different way," she said. Andrea also took third place for a photo she took of flowers at the Citygarden in St. Louis with the Arch in the background in the neighborhoods and events category for youth.
"It was crazy," Andrea said of winning two awards. "I didn't think I would win that."
Both photographs are on exhibit at the Sheldon Art Gallery through Aug. 23. Her Science Center photo also was used on a banner for the exhibit.
Andrea and her parents, Michelle and Scott Pfau, along with her art teacher Sue Schleipman-Burke from Whiteside Middle School attended the exhibit's opening reception June 6. The contest, which had more than 500 entries, was open to students, amateur and professional photographers.
"This is just a huge accomplishment for someone so young and obviously, very talented," Sue said of Andrea, who was in the photo club at Whiteside Middle School. "Her photos are just terrific."
Sue has taught Andrea since the fifth grade. "She's like a dream art student," Sue said. "She's a great kid and wonderful student. She's energetic and excited about photography and art."
Andrea received $125 in prize money. She put $100 in the bank as she's saving to buy a car when she's old enough to drive.
She will attend Belleville East High School next fall. For her eighth-grade graduation, her parents got her a Canon camera of her own. She had been taking pictures with a small point-and-shoot digital camera or her father's professional camera.
Andrea's father sparked her interest in photography. Scott Pfau is a graphic designer for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville and does photography on the side.
Andrea likes seeing her dad's work on billboards, including one he did for Peel Pizza in Edwardsville.
"If he can do that, then I guess I can do it, too," she said.
"She's kind of following in my footsteps," Scott said. He joked that Andrea got published before he did. "We are definitely proud of her."
Photography isn't Andrea's only talent. She also performs in theater productions. She recently appeared in "Seussical the Musical" at the Looking Glass Playhouse in Lebanon. Andrea said "Seussical" marked her sixth children's play.
When she's not taking pictures or acting, Andrea sings in the contemporary choir at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville.
At a glance
What: The City at 250 exhibition features award-winning photos by Andrea Pfau, of Shiloh, and David T. Carriel, of Belleville
When: Through Aug. 23
Where: Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Blvd. in St. Louis
About Andrea Pfau
Family: Parents Michelle and Scott Pfau
School: incoming freshman at Belleville East
Favorite subject: Art
Pet: Indy, a 2-year-old Golden Retriever
Hobbies: Photography, singing and acting
Recent book: "Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
Favorite TV show: "Cake Boss" on TLC
Favorite food: Macaroni