Students display wide range of artistic abilities at gallery

Published 4:42 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Bainbridge Service Club presented the Student Art Show teacher-organizers with a check for $200 to help with expenses. Left to right are: club member Lauren Turner, high school art teacher Rebecca Cole, club member Suzi Bonifay, Firehouse Art Director Ali White and Hutto Middle School art teacher Rebecca Kasilus.

Budding artists from Pre-K through high school seniors displayed the results of their ventures into the various art mediums at the Firehouse Gallery Sunday afternoon.

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The Student Art Show filled the main gallery as well as the Kirbo room, where the elementary students showed their paintings and drawings.

High School and Middle School awards were given for first thru third place and honorable mentions in the categories of drawing, painting, mixed media and printmaking, while 3-D art was an additional form among the high school students.

Once again, 11th grader Elizabeth Kirkland repeated her performance of last year by winning in multiple categories. She placed first in mixed media, second in printmaking, third in painting and was honorable mention in 3-D.

The love of art runs in the family and she credits her father William Kirkland for her inspiration. He enjoys all forms of art as a hobby and encourages her in her work.

Elizabeth has one more year to try to top her four medal winnings of this year, then she wants to attend Savannah College of Art Design, (SCAD), which offers a broad field of creative education. “It gives you a larger opportunity to get a job,” she explains.

Best over-all awards were given to middle school student Corbin Austin, who won for his first place “Surprise” drawing and his second place painting “Selfie.” High School student Bethany Rentz received best over-all for her first place drawing, “The Scavenger.”

Recognition was given for the drawings of the elementary school children, who excitedly stepped forward to claim their medals. John Johnson Pre-K student, Kenley Harrell’s painting “Raining at the Beach” won a third place award. Best over-all went to Shaniya Edwards.