50 young artists honored

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Proud parents had their children pose for photographs in front of their creations during the Oct. 23 event honoring the young artists who submitted the top 50 artworks for the 2014 Englewood calendar.

Leigh Ann Hoffhines, city communications coordinator, oversees the annual student calendar art contest.

She told the assembled artists and their relatives the calendar art contest is open to any student going to school in Englewood or who lives in Englewood.

Hoffhines said this year’s contest drew more than 150 entries. A committee spent quite a few hours selecting the top 50 artworks. Thirteen of the top 50 artworks will be used in the 2014 calendar. However, smaller pictures of the other 37 works will also be included in the calendar.

Each of 13 selected artworks will be displayed as full pages in the calendar. The creators of those 13 works will be individually honored at the Dec. 2 Englewood City Council meeting. The free calendars will be available to the public at city facilities starting Dec. 3.

At the Oct. 23 reception, Aushia Davis explained her work depicting a family of robots.

“The teacher gave me the idea and I just decided to draw it this way,” the Englewood Middle School eighth-grader said. “I used different colors and shapes for each member of the robot family because I wanted each member to be unique. Also, I have each family member holding tools to help people in their daily lives.”

She smiled and said no family is complete without pets, so she added a robot dog and a robot cat to the drawing.

“I like to draw because it is fun,” Davis said. “One of my favorite things to draw is cats. I sometimes use my own cat as a model.”

Nearby, Sophie Castro told her relatives about her drawing of a starry winter night. Castro, a second-grader at All Souls Catholic School, said drawing is one of her favorite things.

“I was surprised when I was told my artwork had been selected for the city calendar,” she said. “It is sort of a family tradition because my two sisters also had drawings selected for use in the calendar.”

A well-done drawing of a dog’s head by Tess Bray on one of the pages of the 2014 calendar.

Bray, a 10th-grader attending East High School, did the drawing, and this makes the eighth year in a row one of the Bray girls has had a drawing picked for the city’s calendar.

The Oct. 23 event was held on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center. The works of art were mounted on the walls of the atrium and will be on display until Dec. 2.

The ceremony was held in the community room. Englewood Mayor Randy Penn told the audience the event was all about recognizing the talent of the artists.

As part of the ceremony, each of the 50 artists was called up individually to receive a gift bag of arts supplies, a certificate and congratulations as a slide of their creation was projected on the room’s wall. 

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