By Deanna Brown
An art exhibition at Navarro College Fine Arts building Monday evening honored high school and college artists, in many different mediums. Four scholarships and several cash awards were given, along with certificates.
Judges for the exhibition were Jason Jacoby and Mary Ellen Werhli, both professional artists. Drs. Rachel Moore and Jon Boles presented the awards to students, and indicated which works took prizes.
“They are quite talented. We’ve had a very successful year,” Boles said. “We felt we produced enough to have a successful show the year. Basically, the scholarship is a nice incentive for art majors to continue their schooling here. And for kids from area schools, it makes it more convenient for them to come here for college.”
Zach Martinez is a student at Wortham High School, and won a judges’ mention for his pencil drawing of a skunk. He submitted it along with two pencil drawings of his sisters.
“I so want to improve on my art, after looking around at some of these other artists,” Martinez said. “I plan to pursue it in college. I did the portraits of my sisters for them for Christmas.”
Ruby Hopkins received an honorable mention for her photograph of “String Cactus.”
“I was riding down the road, and I’d never seen a cactus like that in my life, so I took a black and white photograph of it,” Hopkins said. “I’m a cosmetology major, but I had to have a fine arts elective, so I chose photography.”
A mesmerizing portrait of British actor Clive Owen hung near a very life-like pencil portrait of Barack Obama, done by Ana Mariscal. Around the corner, a colored-pencil and watercolor painting of an iris was also done by Mariscal, who won awards for each.
“When I leave Navarro, I plan to transfer to UT, to aerospace engineering school,” Mariscal said. “I signed up for art to keep me balanced with all the math I’m taking. Art is more of a hobby.”
“Math relates to art, in proportion and scale,” Dr. Moore said. “She worked out that portrait from a grid. I always try and stress the importance of how visual arts and math are tied together.”
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2009 Spring Art and Scholarship Exhibition Winners
1) Dustin Hogan, Best In Show — Grand Prize, $550 scholarship for “Chair”
2) Amanda Barton, second place — $325 scholarship for “Musicians”
3) Ashley Rhodes — $50— “Geometric Kiss”
4) Casey Warner — $50 — “Kiss”
5) Dustin Hogan — $25 — “Moth”
6) Josh Lansford — $25 — “Truck”
7) Paul Cortez — “Chevy SS”
8) Furtino Garcia — “Blue Ghost Rider”
9) Hance Spencer — “Deer”
10) Sara Gantt — “Turkey Crossing”
Judges’ Mention — Noteworthy
11) Jimmie Jackson — “Metal Car”
12) Kara Jantzen — Dolphin Mosaic
13) Zach Martinez — Book Cut-out
14) Emily Whitten — Toothy Grin
1) Sarah Cook, Grand prize — $550 Scholarship — “Face and Heart”
2) Madge Walters, second place — $325 Scholarship — “Yellow Turban”
3) Amy Liu — $50 — “Green Lion”
4) Kelly Wade — $50 — “Girl and Cat”
5) Edward Hoffma — $25 — “Fighter Jet”
6) Colette Ngo Ndjom — $25 — “Vase of Flowers”
7) Colette Ngo Ndjom — “Reverse Chairs”
8) Ana Mariscal — “Barack Obaman”
9) Rebecca White — “Dragon Mask”
10) Ruby Hopkins — “String Cactus”
Judges’ Mention — Noteworthy
11) Deedee Rood — “Butterfly”
12) Sarah Cook — “Blue Eve”
13) Mary Meyers — “Ceramic Sea Urchin Box”
14) Amy Liu — “Still Life”
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