All County Art Show at Warren Public Library
On Tuesday, May 7, a reception was held showcasing the artwork. Treats were served and the winner of the Best of Show award, Giana Zandi, was present.
Zandi is in 12th grade at Sheffield High School. She has won Best of Show both this year as well as last year in the All County Art Show.
Her winning artwork this year was an acrylic painting of a tiger entered under the Acrylic Category.
All county students who are enrolled in an art course, grades 9 through 12, were eligible to submit two pieces of artwork per art class into the show.
Pieces entered were judged on Thursday, May 2. There were four judges, all local artists themselves.
There were 23 categories under which artists could submit their work. A 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and honorable mention were chosen in each category, along with the Best of Show award.
Judges were provided a rubric in order to judge and critique the students’ artwork.
“Our students work very hard on their art. Every year it is amazing to see the growth in their artwork,” said Cindy Hartburg, art teacher at Sheffield High School.
Other winners, among many others, include: Paige Whiteman, 12th grade Warren Area High School, 1st place watercolor; Shelby Smith, 12th grade Warren Area High School, 1st place colored pencil; Caitlin Strassburg, 12th grade Warren Area High School, 1st place block printing; Amber Penley, 10th grade Eisenhower Middle/High School, 2nd place category 3 graphite pencil; Mariana Kukhlar, 9th grade Warren Area High School, 1st category 3 drawing graphite; Sarah Rode, 11th grade Youngsville High School, 1st place canvas, watercolors, quills category 19; Eli Korb, 11th grade Warren Area High School, 1st category 14 ceramic; Madilyn Morrison, 9th grade Warren Area High School, 1st category 16 sculpture; Rachel Dierson, 12th grade Eisenhower High School, 3rd category 14 clay; Gwen Darling, 12th grade Youngsville High School, 1st category 14 ceramic; Stephen Ashbaugh, 12th grade Warren Area High School, 2nd category 14 ceramic and glaze; and Megan Lovejoy, 11th grade Warren Area High School, 1st category 9 collage.
Award ceremonies for students were held at each individual school. Ribbons and certificates were awarded.
“I love that the students have an opportunity to pick their best pieces of artwork and have it juried by local artists. It gives students real-world experience of what it is like to submit to juried art shows and galleries in their future endeavors as artists,” said Jessica McElhaney, an Art and Computer teacher at Eisenhower Middle/High School. “The students did a great job and I am proud of their artwork!”
The All County Art Show will be on display until May 11 in the Wetmore Gallery at the Warren Public Library. The show is available during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sundays.