Twenty art students from area schools won ribbons and prize money at the 2012 Whistlestop Youth Art Show sponsored by the Little River Arts Council on May 11-12 in Ashdown as part of its mission to "advance art in the community and school system."
Winning Best of Show was Notoreauna Nelson with her painting entitled "Western Valley." Notoreauna completed her work under the instruction of Mrs. Katrina Williamson at Ashdown New Traditions School.
All other winners in the 9-12 grade classification are students of AHS art teacher Ms. Becky Edmisten. Jazmin Potts won both a 1st place with "Splattered Mystery" and 3rd place with "Metallic Forest." Jacie Jackson won 2nd place with "Brittle Winter" and honorable mention with "Sunset Valley." Other winners include honorable mentions for both Kristi Houck with "Wild, Warm West" and Joshua Bradley with "Reflection of Fall."
Winners in the 6-8 grade division are: 1st place - Kaitlyn Corbell, art student of Jeannie Vaughan at Ashdown Junior High; 2nd place - Damion Sherburne and 3rd place - Dustony Lewis, students of Williamson; and honorable mentions – Willow Nixon and Quinn Mitchell, students of Vaughan.
In the 4-5 grade division, 1st and 3rd place ribbons went to Leah Lovell of L. F. Henderson Intermediate School, and 2nd place and honorable mention went to Chase Crow of Trinity Christian School in Texarkana.
Another opportunity for area youth to display their artistic talents will be July 21-23 during the Little River Arts Council Mid-Summer Art Show, where prizes awarded will total $2,575. Entries will be accepted on July 18 from 1:00 to 6:00, with an entry fee of $10 per piece. Exhibits may be viewed from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Ashdown campus of Cossatot Community College, University of Arkansas, on July 21 and 22 and from 10:00 to 4:00 on July 23. A special display will be presented in honor of LRAC charter member Mary Frances McKay.
For more information, call 898-5200 or 870-287-5149.