Judge: “Outstanding” artwork by all at the Student Invitational

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Art and themes from a variety of varieties were well represented among the nearly 150 attendees at the Greenville Arts Council’s student-invited exhibit, which opened on Thursday evening.

Parents and students were abuzz about the artwork on display in the Carousel Pavilion at the EE Bass Cultural Arts Center.

Some frames contained brilliantly detailed images rendered by tools as simple as a pencil, some were of the classic pattern of graphite on sulphite paper, some were impressively rendered in batik – wax, watercolor and acrylic – and some were vivid and multi-dimensional. in the realm of graphic design.

“Mom and Dad” by seventh grader Aumarcus Cremona, of TL Weston; “The Goat” by eighth grader Devon Joseph, also from TL Weston; “Wading in the River” by Gracy Nerren of Riverside High School; “Connecting through the Deep” by 11th grader Hayden Eubanks, of Riverside High School; “Saludos desde Morelia Michoacan” by ninth grader Yasmin Ortiz, St. Joseph Catholic School; and “Owl” by second grader Cody Painter of Deer Creek School all won Judges’ Choice awards in their respective categories.

“Doug” by Madolyn McGaugh, a grade 11 student from St. Joseph’s Catholic School, won the merit award.

“I almost couldn’t believe it myself,” one parent said of her daughter’s artwork. “I knew she had talent, but she did an amazing job.”

This year’s guest judge was Greenville resident and Montana native Nancy Stone-Streett.

Considered a prolific painter, printmaker, and educator, she is also a recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Teacher Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council and is currently an art teacher and gallery director at Mississippi Delta Community College. “I struggled with that. After being a judge for many years, I had the hardest time with that particular exhibit,” she said. “So many students had entered a job of exceptional quality and we have very talented students and teachers in the region.”

Reflecting on all the “fabulous pieces” she observed at the exhibition, Stone-Streett recalled how grateful she was when presented with the opportunity to teach art at the MDCC – a opportunity which she described as fulfilling.

“I think kids who are going to be artists really need to be disciplined because it’s not an easy thing to do because there’s no guarantee you’ll make any money,” he said. she pointed out. “You have to give them all the support you can.”

She testified to the importance of having guidance in the study of art both as a student and as an educator, affirming the mission of GAC and similar organizations.

The exhibit will remain on public display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through April 27 at EE Bass, 323 S. Main St.

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