By Kathy L. Collins

Center Place held Little Monsters Create Children’s Art Show and celebrated with an Artists’ Reception on Thursday, July 11. The multimedia show featured drawings, paintings, photographs, ceramics and jewelry created by children ages 4 to 13. Over 40 children participated. The artwork is available for viewing through the end of July.

The judges for the show were long- time Center Place Art Instructors, Greg Manley and Doreen Donovan.

There were three age groups. The first place winner for the 4 to 6 age group was Zion Phoenix with “Moonlit Cruise.” The Judges said, “Great watercolor technique and scale! The ship shows movement as if the ship came to shore. Great use of detail.”

The other winners in this category included Isabell Carpenter (second place); Manav Kanna (third place) and Sophia Marchese and Mia Connor (honorable mention).

The first place winner in the 7 to 10 age group was Lily Denhof with “Graffiti Man.” The judges said of this piece, “Great use of human figure and texture! The mixing of paper and the layers of acrylic are appealing to the eye.”

The remaining winners in this category included, Haley Smrekar (second place): Kate Tumlin (third place); and Grantham Hansen and Tori Levines (honorable mention).

The first-place winner in the 11 to 13 age group was Shania Boyer with “Medusa.” The judges said, “Good use of pencil technique and great facial structures. You have good control with your pencil illustrating your subject. Great job!”

The winners in this group also included Andrew Tumlin (second place); Jaylyn Bido (third place); and Maeghan Solanki and Sharat Nair (honorable mention).

The Center Place Award went to Sarah Nelson for her piece, “Penguin Friends.” Best of Show was awarded to Abigail Carpenter with “Happy Sushi.” The judges said, “Wow, very creative with your mixed medium, and show feeling of enjoying your sushi and your day. Great job!”


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