Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Winterfest Participation at Maclay School (COCA Council on Culture and Arts)

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Honorable Mention, Middle School

Rachael S., Grade 8, Maclay Middle School, Kim Daniel, Art Teacher and Jackie Pons (photo taken from COCA website)
Honorable Mention, Middle School
Lauren F., Grade 8, Maclay Middle School, Kim Daniel, Art Teacher and Jackie Pons (photo taken from COCA website)
Information on Winterfest: from http://www.cocanet.org

Hundreds of guests attended the reception and awards announcement for the annual Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition, presented by the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA).
Currently on display in the City Hall Art Gallery are seventy-seven pieces of student artwork representing 30 different area public, private, and home schools. During the exhibit Reception Guests reception, parents, grandparents, friends, teachers, school administrators and arts education supporters celebrated the young artists and their creations.

Gallery goers were treated to a performance by student musicians from the Leon High School Chamber Music Program, directed by John Thayer. Nande DeGraff (violinist), Sophia Elzie (violist), Nancy Engel (violinist), Leon Chamber Student Musicians and Shelby Morris (cellist) provided professional quality music, which further emphasized the high level of arts training students have access to through our schools.

The Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition contains artwork from students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Each piece was specially selected for the artistic qualities it exemplified and the students participating in this show are the chosen artistic ambassadors for their schools. While it is an honor to be selected for this exhibition, regardless of grade level, the competitive component of the exhibit is focused only on the middle and high school students.

Because of the variety and quality of the artwork, this year’s judge faced a daunting task in making awards selections.  Viki Thompson Wylder is the Curator of Education Emerita for the FSU Museum of Fine Arts and she spent a great deal of time considering each of the artworks and their merits. Additionally, the Mayor Andrew Gillum toured the exhibition and selected his favorite piece in the show. The Mayor’s Award serves as this exhibit’s “Best in Show” and his selection is a demonstration of the City’s commitment to support and nurture young and emerging artists.

After remarks from COCA’s Board Chair, Rosanne Wood and Superintendent of Schools, Jackie Pons, the award winners were announced.

The link below is where you can find the information about their animal portrait lesson.

 If you have the chance, you should participate in local art shows and contest. Being involved in the community is a smart thing and very beneficial for you, your art program and your artists.
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