Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of “Artists of Tomorrow” Exhibition

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The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, announces the award winners of the “Artists of Tomorrow” secondary student exhibition at First Citizens Bank in downtown Hendersonville. The award winners were announced during the opening reception held Friday, Mar. 27, 2015. “Artists of Tomorrow” is the third and final exhibition of the “Mentors & Students” series, celebrating the importance of the arts in education, and featuring Henderson County public, private, parochial, and home school students and teachers.

Ian M. Cage, a painter whose focus is abstraction, served as judge for the exhibition. After judging, Cage remarked “The show is fantastic! A wide variety of mediums and independent voices. What is indicated in my selection of works, is work that shows a unique and individual voice, either intentional or accidental, and independent of strenuous effort, where an apparent insight ultimately defines the work.” Awards were presented by Julia Keyse, President of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and Sharon Carlyle, President of the Art League of Henderson County, which sponsored the Best of Show award.

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Work by Cesar Rico

The award winners were:
Best of Show ($150):  Cesar Rico, Untitled Prismacolor Pencil artwork. North Henderson High School, Ed Lewis, teacher.
1st Place, High School ($75): Faith Thomas, “Wings,” photograph, North Henderson High School, Liz Wiesel, teacher.
1st Place, Middle School ($75): Aldo Melendez, “Stained Glass Composition,” charcoal and tempera paint on paper. Immaculata Catholic School, Marian Congdon, teacher.
2nd Place, High School ($50): Shayna Landreth, “Falcon of West,” metal. West Henderson High School, Kelly King, teacher.
2nd Place, Middle School ($50): Grace Canning, “Blue Wave,” 3D composition of wood, wire, nylon hose, paint. Immaculata Catholic School, Marian Congdon, teacher.
3rd Place, High School ($25): Annalyse Wilkins, “Fallen Marine,” photograph. West Henderson High School, Kelly King, teacher.
3rd Place, Middle School ($25): Nolan McKinney, “Lines and Circles Abstract,” latex enamel & plexiglass reverse painting. Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, Heidi Mayfield, teacher.

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to:
Sarah Musselwhite, “Leo,” acrylic painting. Hendersonville High School, Courtney Hoelscher, teacher.
Ryan Decker, Untitled Photoshop illustration. Hendersonville High School, Courtney Hoelscher, teacher.
Kathryn Thomas, “Self Portrait,” acrylic on glass. M’s School of Art, M Rathsack, teacher.
Javante Lewis, “Abstract,” tempera painting. Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, Heidi Mayfield, teacher.

In addition to cash awards, memberships to the Asheville Art Museum at the patron, family, and student levels were also presented to the winners.

The opening reception featured select members of the North Henderson High School Choir and Show Choir, directed by Richard Cagle.

“Artists of Tomorrow” offers the public’s last opportunity to enter a free raffle to win a ceramic pitcher created by Robert Wallace, teacher at East Henderson High School, which was purchased by First Citizens Bank from the Mentors exhibition. You must be eighteen to enter, and you do not need to be present during the drawing on Friday, Apr. 10.

“Artists of Tomorrow”, which is accessible to all, will be on display through Friday, April 10 at First Citizens Bank, 539 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am–6pm.

The “Mentors & Students” trilogy is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County, and is sponsored by First Citizens Bank, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and by the Alpha Lambda Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, and the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.

For more information please contact The Arts Council by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or 828/693-8504. The web address is (www.acofhc.org).

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