The Foothills Arts Council’s Youth Art Expo held a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, its fourth annual competition, with 120 entries from 10 area schools.
Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place in four divisions — lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school and high school. Schools entering the contest were Elkin Elementary, Dobson Elementary, Rockford Elementary, Elkin Middle, East Wilkes Middle, Central Middle, Starmount Middle, Elkin High, East Wilkes High and Starmount High.
There were also separate entries from the after-school art classes in barn quilt painting and sewing.
Karen Breit, a retired art teacher of 25 years from Miami, Fla., judged this year’s contest said Leighanne Martin Wright, executive director of Foothills Arts Council.
In the lower elementary division, Ella Payne, a first-grader from Elkin Elementary, won first for her drawing of “Red Cross Workers” after the painting by W.H. Johnson.
Mollie Coe, a second-grader at Rockford Elementary, won second for her sailboats collage. Third place went to Payton Wood, a second-grader at Rockford Elementary for a cardinal in mixed media piece.
In the upper elementary division, a fourth-grader at Dobson Elementary, Aliyah Pickett, took first for her barn landscape mixed media.
Third-grader at Dobson Elementary, Maggie Sowards, took second place for a boats mixed media.
Judah Christian, fourth-grader at Elkin, took third for his pencil sketch of the Biltmore House.
In the middle school division, Jessica Martinez, seventh grader at Central, took first place for her pointillism piece, “Life in a Lens.”
In second place was Central Middle eighth-grader Brooke Snow for her micrography piece, “Passion of the Heart.” And in third, another Central seventh-grader, Alondra Delgado, placed for her watercolor, “When the Sun Sets.”
In the high school division, Elkin High senior Ava McRitchie won first place with a pencil sketch.
In second place, Donathan Layell of East Wilkes High won with his ceramic birdhouse. In third place, also from East Wilkes High, Josh Logan won for his pencil sketch.
Breit’s comments on the this year’s works focused on movement, detail, color and composition found in each, said Wright.
Wright added, “The Youth Art Expo is just one of the Foothills Arts Council’s annual events. The Arts Council is continually grateful for the support of it’s members and business sponsors, the town of Elkin, Surry County, and the NC Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program, without all of which it’s good work would not be done.”
Consistently, the Foothills Art Council has had about 120 entries and this year had 125. Wright said that “level of participation is phenomenal with the level of artwork that comes out of these kids always fabulous.”