By Leah Blackard
Navarro Council of the Arts
Is there a future Dali, Rembrandt, or Monet in the house? There just might be! The Navarro Council of the Arts welcomed the 15th Annual Young Artist Exhibition and Contest Wednesday. This year’s theme entitled “Fur, Fins and Feathers” explored the idea of the beauty of animals.
Juror for the contest was local art educator, Elaine Hand. With over 340 entries the judging was not an easy task. The artwork is beautiful and should not be missed.
Students were judged in three categories: elementary (Pre K –5th), middle school (6th-8th), and high school. Cash awards were given to the first, second, and third place winners in each category.
1st place: Joshua Monroy, Sam Houston Elementary
2nd place: Samantha Mendoza, Sam Houston Elementary
3rd place: Angelina Altamira, Carroll Elementary
Honorable Mentions: Adrianna Lopez, Jocabed Lopez, Elizabeth Fitzhugh, Jennifer Gonzales, Makayla Harrelson, and Emily Mora all of Sam Houston. Also receiving honorable mentions were Luis Torres of Carroll Elementary, Vicky Goodroe and Coby Dunn of Bowie Elementary and Rylie Morris of Mildred.
Junior High Division (6th-8th grades)
1st place: Sofia Peraulta, Collins Middle School
2nd place: Kathryn Andrews, Collins Middle School
3rd place: Anna Kasprzyk, Drane Intermediate School
Honorable Mentions: Estedani Blancas, Jasmin Cigarroa, Demarcazla Anderson, Wesley Hall, Damian Reeves, Leonardo Reyes all of Collins Middle School and Olquidia Sanchez and Sheily Torres of Drane Intermediate School.
High School Division
1st place: Brenda Altamira, CHS
2nd place: Cheyenne Webster, CHS
3rd place: Reece Whitt, Rice High School
Honorable Mentions: Lindsey Taylor, Banesa Hernandez, Karla Ramirez, Danielle Jordan, Hector Covarrubias, George Avitia, all of CHS and Emily Fletcher, and Nancy Saucedo of Rice.
The Youth Art Show will remain on exhibit at the Warehouse Living Arts Center Gallery until May 14. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information call the Arts Council at 903-872-5411.
Leah Blackard is executive director of the Navarro Council of the Arts.