Some of the best locally produced art that Ive seen comes from youngsters.
One year at Riverfest, I saw something done by a middle school student and told the woman running the student art contest that I wanted that piece.
She told me to get in line.
I saw later that the Riverfest office had bought the students work.
It was that good.
So I was not surprised at the Steeplechase art contest winners last week.
We had such good participation, said Katherine Martin, the childrens art show chair last week. In the past, the show has been in Peachtree Mall and the Columbus Museum. This year, a space was not available to show these works.
One teacher who always has her children enter the show is Frances Spencer, who teaches art at Fort Middle and Double Churches Middle schools.
They love it, she said of her students participating in the art show.
I had an assignment earlier and was late getting to the Springer, so most of the students had already gone home.
Antonese Frazier, a seventh grader at Fort, was proud of getting an honorable mention award.
I think I did my very best, she said. I tried. Her technique was batik, and she painted a horse on paper.
Another proud winner, Gabriel Hood, 12, a fifth grader at Johnson Elementary School, won first place in two-dimensional work for her class (third-fifth grades).
She swears she didnt know shed win, but was smiling widely with her blue ribbon next to her.
Here are the winners:
Best in Show: Streams by Raul Delgado, senior, Columbus High School
First Place, Three Dimensional/Sculpture: Charles Lee, junior, St. Anne/Pacelli
Second Place, Three Dimensional/Sculpture: Laura Gordon, senior, LaGrange High School
First Place, Two Dimensional Art: Partners, Darby Wiggins, senior, Columbus High (ninth-12th grades); Quindarrius Giddens, Double Churches Middle (sixth-eighth grades); Gabriel Hood, fifth grade, Johnson Elementary (third-fifth grades); The Beautiful Stallion, Sarah Sheppard, second grade, Britt David Magnet School (kindergarten-second grades).
Second Place, Two Dimensional Art: Metallic Friend, Mikayla Smith, senior, Columbus High (ninth-12th grades); Jeffery Guenkel, sixth grade, Double Churches Middle (sixth-eighth grades); Emilie Anne Misamore, fifth grade, St. Luke School (third-fifth grades); Big Broom Horse, Carter Hanson, kindergarten, Britt David Magnet (kindergarten-second grades).
Allen Elementary School: Amelia Godwin, kindergarten; Angel Rosario, first grade
Britt David: Alex Brown, third grade; Amber Diehl, fourth grade; Dylan Heard, first grade; Ashley Wilson, kindergarten
Double Churches Middle School: Susie Grace Earle, eighth grade; Hunter Mullen, 12; Christina Nall, 12
Eagle Ridge Elementary School: Gracie Entlich, second grade; Blake Evans, second grade
Eddy Middle School: Kyron Daniel, seventh grade; Kendall Fritzky, seventh grade; Tavares Hobdy, sixth grade
Fort Middle School: Antonese Frazier, eighth grade
Gentian Elementary School: Ashlee Patrick, fifth grade
Georgetown Elementary School: Briann Harris, fifth grade; Tracy Joseph, fourth grade; Tamira Moore, second grade; McKenaie Paschal, fifth grade
J.D. Davis Elementary School: LaJames Moffett, fifth grade
LaGrange Academy: Alex Dushok, 11th grade; Evan Genova, 10th grade; Katherine Huff, 11th grade; Phillip Krizay, 12th grade; Leah Major, seventh grade
Matthews Elementary School: Rihyona Robinson, second grade
McBride Elementary Schoo: Storey Drawdy, third grade; Ruby Garcia, third grade; Tori Gore, fifth grade; Estefana Martinez, third grade; John Saraza, fourth grade
Midland Middle School: Sienna Taylor, fifth grade
Northside High School: Dakota Kelley, 10th grade
Reese Road Elementary School: Regan Reid, kindergarten; Jaquarious Walker, first grade
Rigdon Road Elementary School: Bianca Dawson, fifth grade
St. Anne/Pacelli: Savannah Claridy, 10th grade; Daniel Foor, 12th grade; Lauren Trudell, 12th grade
St. Luke School: Lindsey Giglio, eighth grade; Emma Hatala, seventh grade; Bo Lewis, eighth grade; Taylor Roos, seventh grade; Caroline Williams, second grade
Shaw High School: Ashleigh Robba, 12th grade
Spencer High School: Jessica Hernandez, 10th grade
Waddell Elementary School: Kamari Williams, fourth grade
Wilson School: Kaza Chhim, fourth grade