Edible art at Catonsville High

Cathie Ruzzi, an art teacher for Heritage Instructional Services, and students from the Heritage Homeschool Tutorial stand around their creation of "Catonsville- Music City, USA." The display, with a guitar representing Frederick Road in Catonsville, was made with food and was among the entries in the annual Edible Art competition at Catonsville High School March 26. (Photo by Nate Pesce / March 25, 2013)

What do a caterpillar, a piano and the monster from the movie "Pan's Labyrinth" have in common?

They were all submitted entries of art to Catonsville High School's 19th annual Edible Art Competition.

The school's cafeteria was abuzz with activity Tuesday night as the community gathered towatch, be judged and eat the unconventional art.

Students and community members competed in three different categories — High School/Community, Middle School and Elementary School — for gift cards to local businesses.

After the winners were announced, the audience got a chance to dig in with the artists and sample the true flavor of the artistic creations.

Submissions ranged from pieces as small as an apple with patterns carved into the skin to an enormous model of Catonsville's Frederick Road with an oversized guitar in place of the street.

Catonsville High School art teacher Windy Spiridigliozzi, the event coordinator, termed Tuesday' evenings show another success.

Spiridigliozzi said the pieces were, "really creative this year."

"A lot of 3D, even from the little kids, I love that," she said.

Emily White, a senior at Catonsville High, won first place in the high school/community category and went home with a $75 Target gift card and the taste of sweet victory on her tongue.

Her piece, titled "Octopus," was made of cake and Rice Krispies treats and took almost 10 hours to make, she said.

"I still don't believe it," White said.

"I think they might have messed up counting or something," she said with a laugh.