Local residents are invited to attend the seventh annual Tri-County Youth Art Expo at the Foothills Arts Council where students from local schools will compete in age specific categories. The awards reception to be held on Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. is sponsored in part by the NC Arts Council, Duke Energy, Rhythm on Main, Wells Fargo and Yadkin Valley United Fund and encourages young people to strive for excellence as well as be creative.
More than 100 entries are usually submitted by lower elementary, upper elementary, middle and high school students. Lower grades are kindergarten through second grade. Upper elementary applies to students in third through fifth grades, while middle school picks up sixth-graders up to the high school freshmen.
“Since my kids are in elementary school, I pick a selection of artwork that goes to the show. They are young and this is typically the first experience they have with an art show,” explained Elkin Elementary art teacher Jill Bellia. “They do get excited when they find out one of their pieces will be in a real art gallery.”
Pieces will be judged by local artist Candice Brown of Wanderlust Studios, who has been able to explore and enjoy various styles of painting. Brown stated she has been a working artist her entire adult career, which has included participating in fine art shows along the eastern seaboard. This has given her experience in being judged both on the computer for entry and at the show by walking judges.
“I’ve had the honor of winning a few awards myself, but I also enjoy viewing other award winning art. It can be difficult to stand out among hundreds of the best,” said Brown. “Based on the submissions, I expect to judge on the creativity and originality of the theme. Interpretation and clarity to the viewer is also important, as well the overall quality of artistic composition and design.”
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