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Students shine at Liberty Co. High Schools Artfest
Teens from LCHS and BI get to show off creativity
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Rebecca Chapman, left, and her daughter, Liberty County High School freshman Marissa Chapman, view student artwork Thursday at the 2011 Liberty County High Schools Artfest. - photo by Denise Etheridge

2011 Liberty County High Schools
Artfest winners

First place — Olivia Hester, LCHS
Second place — Rachel Marquez, LCHS
Third place — Britta Velasco, Bradwell Institute

First place — Jose’ Irizarry, Bradwell Institute
Second place — Landis Johnson, Bradwell Insititute
Third place — Edil Ostulaza, Bradwell Institute

Wearable art:
First place — Britta Velasco, Bradwell Institute
Second place — Kendra Baker, LCHS
Third place — DeShawna Pirtle, LCHS

Sequential art:
First place — Ashley Johnson, LCHS
Second place — Retha Rowe, Bradwell Institute
Third place — DeShawna Pirtle, LCHS

Graphic design:
First place — DeShawna Pirtle, LCHS
Second place — Jazmon Woodard, LCHS
Third place — Retha Rowe, Bradwell Institute

First place — Edil Ostulaza, Bradwell Institute
Second place — Jacob Lee, LCHS
Third place — Kayla Gamble, LCHS

First place — Josh Mackrill, LCHS
Second place — Bethany Whitlock, LCHS
Third place — Chardene Williams, LCHS

Mixed Media:
First place — Kendra Baker, LCHS
Second place — Auraleigha Reneau, LCHS
Third place — Aubrey Shannon, LCHS

Liberty County High School and Bradwell Institute students showcased their talent Thursday in fine art, music, dance and theater during the 2011 High Schools Artfest at LCHS.

Students from both public high schools competed in eight categories in a juried art show, including three-dimensional, drawing, wearable, sequential, graphic design, painting, photography and mixed media.

LCHS Fine Arts Department head Marjett Schille and art instructor and art-club advisor Mary Beth Bowen organized the event, along with choir instructor and drama-club advisor Mike Collins, band director Paul Sohayda and Spanish instructors Lidia Romero and Amy Rhoades.

"The event is sponsored by the LCHS Art Club, which fundraises to provide the (art show winners) gift-card prizes and matting for artwork," Schille said. Art-club members politely served refreshments and provided men-in-black type of security, and the LCHS choir and jazz ensemble sang and played to the delight of parents as well as students. The Winterguard dance team and Spanish club dancers performed, as did the LCHS drama club. Drama-club members offered a rousing preview of their upcoming production of "Guys & Dolls," scheduled for May 13-14. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Schille said the juried fine-art exhibition was judged by Carol Hough, who is an elementary art specialist "with a long and instrumental history of supporting the arts here in Liberty County, both in education and in the community at large."

The annual art festival offers the public a chance to appreciate student art and gives students a chance to develop and display their creativity and professionalism, Schille said.

The art club also is a civic-minded organization, she said. The club adopted the Woodland Senior and Rehabilitation Center in Midway as a community-service activity, Schille said.

"Several times a year, the art-club students and advisors go out to Woodland to paint the windows inside and out with holiday decorations," the art department head said. "The residents love it and the students do, too. Several art-club alumnae come back every year after they have graduated and participate in these events."

Schille said the arts are a valuable part of a student’s education because they enhance and improve critical thinking, performance, persistence and creativity.

LCHS sophomore Kendra Baker took first place in mixed media and second place in wearable art. Baker said she made many of the artfest table decorations, including stuffed bunnies, hats and scarves. The artist and self-taught seamstress designed a Renaissance costume with 600 beads hand sewn onto the cloth.

Jazmon Woodard, a 10th-grader at LCHS, took second place in graphic design. Woodard also likes to draw, especially nature scenes.

"My mother kept me going with drawing," she said. "She told me not to give up to and to follow my dreams."

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