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An artistic showing at IHS

Featured works from Ironton, St. Joe students

The artworks from the first high school art show, sponsored by the Ironton Artist’s Association and the Ironton Council for the Arts, were on display for the public Tuesday evening at Ironton High School.

The contest was for all art students at Ironton and St. Joe high schools, and had a theme of music.

“This was the first contest we had this year, and the students picked a theme based on music,” Caitlin Knore, Ironton High School art teacher, said. “All of the art students had to put in one piece, but they could submit more.” Contest judge Pati Payne, of the Ironton Artist’s Association and the Ironton Council for the Arts, said she contacted Knore about having the contest for the students this year as a way to get more involved with the schools.

Along with Payne, other members of the Ironton Artist’s Association who served as judges included Mary Effie Ford and Lily Dickens.

The categories for the contest were painting, drawing, mixed media and three-dimensional, with a first, second, third and honorable mention winner for each.

In the painting category, Callie Thacker won first, Malea Delawder second, Elizabeth Gillespie third and Cheyenne Aldridge, Isabella Griffith and Elena Wilson honorable mention.

For drawing, Dustin Bryant claimed first, Conner Cheek second, Daniel Hodges third and Lexi Arden honorable mention.

For the category of mixed media, Sydney Bollinger won first place, Haleigh Rowe second, Sydney Keating third and Callie Thacker and Todd Davidson honorable mention.

In the 3-D category, Cara Eastham took first, Alyssa Vernatter second, Alli Gannon third and Kathryn Estep honorable mention.

Winners won prize money based on the place they finished, with a total of $600 given away. Ironton High School contributed $300 for the contest, the Ironton Council for the Arts contributed $150 and Ironton aLive donated $150 of Ironton Bucks for the contest.

Although it is not currently clear if that the contest will be an annual occurrence, Payne said she hopes to continue it, and has the support of Knore and Ironton High School Principal Joe Rowe.

The winning art will be on display at Briggs Library in the month of April.