Young artists featured in Carroll Arts Contest

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Anyone walking into Carroll Bank and Trust’s main branch in Huntingdon lately just might think they had stumbled into an art gallery.

That’s because the works of young local artists are currently on display inside the bank — all as part of this year’s Carroll Arts High School Art Contest.


The aspiring artists who created these works, along with Carroll Arts representatives Glynda Rich and Melinda Popplewell, gathered at the bank Friday afternoon to announce this year’s winners.

Winning the blue ribbon for first place and $100 was Jessica Kirchner, 17, of Huntingdon. A junior at Huntingdon High School, Jessica presented a pencil drawing entitled “Noah Jones.”

HHS senior Elijah Wilkers, 17, won second and $50 for his work entitled “This Is Me” done in charcoal, colored pencils, and soft pastel.

The third place ribbon and $35 went to HHS sophomore Ashley Baker, 16, who entered a colorful pattern in marker entitled “Tropical Illusion.”

Honorable mention awards were given to McKenzie High School students Giselle Garza and Tommie Jo Barker and HHS sophomore Haley Robbins.

Haley submitted a graphite drawing entitled “Solo Leaf,” Tommie Jo presented a cubist-style pencil work entitled “Phantom,” and Giselle submitted a self-titled self-portrait in watercolor and acrylic paint.

Serving as judges in the contest were Jason Cole, head of the Art Department at Bethel University and professional artist Judy Winters of McKenzie.

“We extremely proud of the works submitted this year,” said Rich. “The judges had a difficult time choosing winners as there were so many quality pieces.”

Works by local adult artist, as well as the talent of some of the county’s best musical performers, will be spotlighted June 16 during An Evening With Carroll Arts at Long Heights Baptist Church in McKenzie.

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