PULASKI — The winners of the 26th annual Oswego County Student Art Exhibition and Competition were announced Sunday, April 24 at a Facebook Live reception hosted by the Salmon River Fine Arts Center. The video of the event is still available on the center’s Facebook page. The competition, open to all students in grades seven through 12, living in Oswego County, including public, private and home-school students, received 438 entries this year. The judges had to make tough decisions not only about what received awards, but also what should be included in the show. On display in the art center gallery until May 21 are 389 works of art by 236 students from seven school districts in Oswego County.
Cash prizes for first, second and third place were awarded for exemplary artwork based on visual impact, originality and overall design and craftsmanship for each age group. In addition, a “Sally Deaton Memorial Award” was awarded to one student in each age group receiving a gift certificate from Deaton’s Ace and Agway stores. Brant Deaton of Deaton’s Ace and Agway stores has been a major sponsor since the show began 26 years ago. This memorial award is in memory of his wife and former teacher in recognition of her passion for art and her lifelong commitment to inspiring and encouraging students. Recipients of the Sally Deaton Award receive a gift certificate from Deaton’s Ace and Agway stores.
The rewards for ranks seven through nine are as follows:
First place: Sophie Harris, Swan Lake, Pastel Chalk (Sandy Creek)
Second place: Sarah Marsden, Pleasant Confidence, Mixed Media, (Mexico)
Third place: Delayna Hunphrey, rustic sneakers, drawing (middle place)
Sally Deaton Award: Abigail Jone, Large Cat’s Eye, Drawing (Sandy Creek)
The rewards for ranks 10-12 are as follows:
First place: Nyah Pinzer, untitled portrait, drawing, (Oswego)
Second Place: Ryleah Brekenridge, Rainbow Lights Below, Photography, (Phoenix)
Third place: (tie) Katrina Wallace, Talent, Scratch Art, (Oswego)
Third place: (tie) RaShaun Adams, Demeter, Ceramics, (Mexico)
Sally Deaton Award: Laura Winfield, Hydrangea, Photography (Pulaski)
This year’s jurors were Kelley Sheldon, photographer and art teacher at Chestnut Hill Elementary School in Liverpool and Pat Tanner, former executive director and current board member of the Salmon River Fine Arts Center.
“This show never ceases to amaze me. You really have to take the time to visit the art center and see firsthand the incredible student work on display. says Ann Buchau, co-chair of the show and chair of the board. “There is a lot of work that hasn’t received awards that are really worth it. It is an honor not only for the students, but also for all the art teachers and parents who encouraged the students to create art and submit works for the exhibition.
The Salmon River Fine Arts Center would like to express their gratitude to Deaton’s Ace and Agway stores for being the Presenting Sponsor as well as NBT from Pulaski. “And of course, the show couldn’t have happened without the help of the many teachers and volunteers in the community,” says Billie Jo Peterson, co-chair of the show.
The Salmon River Fine Arts Center is an entirely volunteer-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Pulaski. Their mission is to enrich and educate the community by providing art exhibits, workshops, and classes that foster artistic expression, engage the energy and creativity of local artists, and inspire the novice. The public can visit the gallery to see the current exhibition on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center’s Facebook page at facebook.com/SalmonRiverFineArtsCenter/, call 315-298-7007 or email email@example.com