The students of Jackson County presented their creative visual art in an exhibit at the Sylva Library April 11th through April 27th when the event culminated in an awards presentation.
The juried art ranged in scope from visualization of how to care for this highly diversified area of our country, to how we fail to care for the beauty that surrounds us. Public, private, chartered, virtual and homeschoolers represented Jackson County from Cashiers to Sylva.
A blind jurying process prohibited artist-jurors from any knowledge of names, schools, age or sex of each student. Jurors studied the art for content, message, interpretation and creativity.
For the second consecutive year, Assistant Professor of Art Education from WNC College of Art and Design, Erin Tapley, brought her years of knowledge and expertise to the table.
Ms Tapley has shown in 23 personal exhibits over 13 states across America. She has also received nine prestigious awards and grants in her field
Though student-juror from Southwestern Community College, River McBride, is a newcomer to Jackson County, she had been involved in both visual and performing arts since early childhood. River’s talent extends over a broad area of multi-media visual arts, however she excels in the genre of ink portraiture.
Of necessity, River recused herself from judging any submissions where she recognized either the art or knew the artist.
John Miele, owner and manager of The Golden Carp in Dillsboro, added a fresh dimension with his vast experience in the illustrative arena of fashion design.
While serving as Director of the Fashion Illustration Department at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, he was a frequent contributor in magazines such as Bazaar, House and Garden, and Mademoiselle.
Winners by age division, are as follows:
FIRST PLACE: Mia Kaylor, kindergarten, Blue Ridge School; Hunter Mc Bride, 5th grade, Homeschool; Zoe McBride, 8th grade, International Connections Academy.
SECOND PLACE: Addison Wilson, kindergarten, Cullowheev Valley; Lurae Mackey, 2nd grade, Mt Discovery Charter School; Angela Hernandez, Blue Ridge Early College.
THIRD PLACE: Heidi Rose Dinkelmeyer, 2nd grade, Cullowhee Valley; Jenny Contreras, Blue Ridge School; Fisher Druffel,10th grade, Blue Ridge School.
HONORABLE MENTION: Logan Leamon, 6th grade, Homeschool; Alicia McCoy, 7th grade, Blue Ridge Early College; Kamren Leamon, 10th grade, Smoky Mt. High; Barrett Yanik, 4th grade, Summit Charter School; Tristen Fisher, 2nd grade, Blue Ridge School.
The art contest was made possible by the Jackson County Farmers Market; Jackson County Public Library; The SYLVA Herald; Jackson Council Arts Council; Sow TRUE Seed, Asheville; and Kel-Save Drugs, Sylva.
Submitted by: Carol McCrite