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Two winners get Best of Show honors at 14th Annual Bainbridge Island Student Art Contest
Fifth-grader Morgan Sydor and Eagle Harbor High sophomore Greg Millican won the Best of Show awards at the 14th Annual Student Art Contest at the Waterfront Park Community Center.
Bainbridge Island youth from kindergarten through high school competed for first-, second- and third-place awards in seven different categories.
The popular event is a program of the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District and was held Saturday, March 8. Local photographer Dinah Satterwhite is the founder and manager of the contest, and she worked closely with Sue Hylen at the parks office on the competition. They report that there were 183 entries this year, with an astonishing variety of mediums and creative paintings, pottery, mixed metals and much more.
This year there were two Best of Show awards.
Organizers of the show said Morgan Sydor won the Best of Show award (for grades kindergarten through eighth grade) for her colored pencil piece titled “Talullah.”
Morgan's portrait of the family pet, a labradoodle, showed incredible detail, and was a big hit with the judges. Morgan attends Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School, and loves reading, art, piano and trombone.
The second Best of Show award went to Greg Millican for his untitled mixed metal sculpture which the judges called “The Hand.”
This dynamic piece started from a very loose sketch that Greg says had “no formal plan.” He used found metal items from his shop, with some forged by hand, and others cut, bent, and twisted to suit the need. The finished piece was part of his independent study in welding.
There were three winners from each of seven age categories, and several honorable mention awards, each of which received beautiful achievement certificate.
The Best of Show Winners and top three winners in each category were also awarded prizes from local businesses like Bainbridge Cinemas, West Side Pizza, The Curious Child, Mora Iced Creamery, Pacific Northwest Arts School, Sound Reprographics, KidiMu, Bon Bon Candies, Bainbridge Crepes, Pleasant Beach Market, HeART & Soul, Artist’s Edge, The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Rec District, Café Nola, Calico Cat, Paper Products, Whim, the Streamliner Diner, BIMA, Island Cool, and Roby King Galleries. Every student who entered the contest received a special ribbon at the end of the Award Ceremony.
The Best of Show and first place entries are on display throughout March at the Bainbridge Public Library.
Here is the complete list of winners from all seven categories:
Category A, Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2
First place: Antonia Zaballa, Untitled, watercolor
Second place: Sebastian Ford, “Cat,” colored pencil
Third place: Abigail Huck, “Three Little Birds,” paint and marker
Honorable mention: Milo Haizlip, “Self Portrait,” oil pastel & watercolor
Honorable mention: Sam King, “Lava,” paint
Category B, Grades 3 and 4
First place: Imogen Jarreau, “The Hunt” paper cut
Second place: Esmé Vessenes, “Light to Dark,” ink and paper
Third place: Lucy King, “Blue Steer,” pastel
Honorable mention: Lauren Yoson, “Watcher of the Night,” mixed media
Honorable mention: Lauren Heinzelman, “Vase from Ancient Times,” raku pottery
Category C, Grades 5 and 6
First place: Sabrina Joki, “Owl on a Branch,” fused glass
Second place: Veronica Conklin, “Everyday Life,” mixed media
Third place: Elena Conklin, “Starry Sky,” construction paper
Honorable mention: Nora Wilson, “Colors on a Dark Day,” colored pencil and pen
Honorable mention: Henry Vandersluis, “Architectural Drawings,” colored pencil
Category D, Grades 7 and 8
First place: Elana Dorsey, “Half a Blue Sky,” photo
Second place: Gabe Roth, “I Want to Go Surfing Now,” pastel
Third place: Anna Schmidt, “Sisters,” pencil
Honorable mention: Madeline Woods, “Fall Hope,” photo
Honorable mention: Jessie Yoson, “Grotesque,” clay and acrylic
Category E, High School, Two-dimensional
First place: Ann Carr, Untitled, plastic
Second place: Matthew Derry, “Opus 21,” acrylic
Third place: Annalise Lyons, “Shea Stadium,” digital and pencil
Honorable mention: Noah Schmidt, “King Joffrey,” pencil
Category F, High School, Three-dimensional
First place: Celia Chaussabel, “Tweet-Pot,” stoneware
Second place: Bailey List, “Tiger,” ceramics
Third place: Melinda Carr, “4th of July,” ceramics
Honorable mention: Fergus Pons, “Bioshock Welders Mask,” sculpture
Category G, High School: Photography
First place: Carly Pearl-Sacks, “Brown Eyes,” photo
Second place: Sallie Marx, Untitled, photo
Third place: Ariel Gazarian, “Capital Fade,” photo
Honorable mention: Abigail Leung, “Hanging Up My Shoes,” photo
Honorable mention: Katelyn Merritt, “The City’s Reflective Eye,” film photo
Best of Show, Grades K through 8
Morgan Sydor, “Talullah,” colored pencil
Best of Show, High School
Greg Millican, Untitled, mixed metals
A complete list of winners and photos from the event can be found on the B.I. Metro Park & Recreation District website at www.biparks.org.
Organizers of the contest give thanks go to the students, volunteers, judges, parents, teachers, public school administration and local businesses that helped to make the event successful.
Next year’s contest will be held on the second Saturday in March. Details will be posted early next year.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Satterwhite at 206-842-0504. To contact the parks office, call Hylen at 206-842-2306, ext. 116.