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Among the winners at the first Eclectic Middle School Arts Show and Reception were, from left, Mackenzie Lewis, Kyley Fulmer, Grace Ryals, Bailey Simmons and Hope Hill. They are pictured with EMS Prinicpal Dane Hawk and county arts coordinator Anthony Vittore.					              Photo by David D. Goodwin
Among the winners at the first Eclectic Middle School Arts Show and Reception were, from left, Mackenzie Lewis, Kyley Fulmer, Grace Ryals, Bailey Simmons and Hope Hill. They are pictured with EMS Prinicpal Dane Hawk and county arts coordinator Anthony Vittore. Photo by David D. Goodwin

Middle School hosts first art exhibition

Published 9:26am Monday, April 29, 2013

Eclectic Middle School held its first-ever Spring Arts Show and Reception Tuesday night, honoring some impressive painting and drawing skills by many of the school’s students.
The event, titled “Sparking the Arts,” aimed to encourage the skills and creativities of the students, grades five through eight.
Principal Dane Hawk, surrounded by dozens of detailed and colorful works said he was impressed by how his students took the opportunity and ran with it.
“The kids surprised me,” he said. “Some of them, it really brought them out of their shells.”
Sixth-grader Mackenzie Lewis took the Best in Show Award, which was named in honor of longtime choral teacher Karon Lee. Lewis also won a Gold Award for another piece, “Ball Game.”
The Gold Awards earn students the right to move on to a county art show sponsored by the Elmore County Art Guild May 23. They were: Hope Hill for “Graceful Swan,” Bailee Simmons for “Fall Trees,” Grace Larck for “Painted Dog,” Kyley Fulmer for “Cool Dog,” Simmons for “Watery Flamingos,” Tonniah Settles for “Mermaid” and Grace Ryals for “Toomers’ Corner” and “3 Fish.”
Jana Venable won the Outstanding Acrylic award for “Red Flowers” and the Hometown Award for Creativity went to Christian Collier for “Pickin’ and Grinning’.”
Ryals’ “3 Fish” won the prize for fifth graders. Settles’ “Mermaid” was judged tops among seventh graders. Hope Hill’s “Graceful Swan” won among eighth-graders.
The show was judged by award-winning artist Carol D. Hickman, who owns the Redbud Tree Art, Gallery and Studio in Equality and has taught art classes at Jasmine Hill Gardens.

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