Pickens County Youth Arts Awards announcement


Awards Announced

The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that Pickens County Youth Arts 2014 is in full swing. The March 1 reception at the Pickens County Museum was attended by more than 800 proud parents, grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, friends, and, of course, the talented young artists that created the 994 works of art that are on display at the museum through March 27.

This year’s Pickens County Cultural Commission Awards include in the High School Division: 1st Place to Morgan Summerlin from Daniel High School for the ink & watercolor, “Robin Nest”; 2nd Place to Pickens High School’s Kyle McManis for the mixed media, “Past and Present”; 3rd Place honors went to Craig Stewart from Liberty High School for the fiber art piece, “Family Genes; and an Honorable Mention Award went to Easley High School’s Laurie Lemere for the watercolor, “Untitled Memorial”.

Director’s Choice Certificates in the High School Division were presented to: Callie Durham, Erika Gibbon, Kay Lawrence and Savannah Oddo from Daniel High; Bria Cutrer, Audrey Dangler, Emily Moss and Emilie White from Easley High; Karson Brown, Tyler Chapman, Rebekah Davis and Holly Gillespie from Liberty High; and Anna Alexander, Alexis Day, Dakota Gamble and Brianna Miles from Pickens High.

Directors Choice Certificates in the Middle School Division include: Faith Bentley, Lexi Mathis, and Walker Williams from Dacusville Middle School; Kayla Dickard, Gavin Gillespie, and Sam Ogle from R. C. Edwards Middle School; Savanna Dyer, Kenta Ogwa, and Kimi Rhodes from R. H. Gettys Middle School; Judith Martinez-Lopez, Clay Oliver, and Amy Owen from Liberty Middle School; and Maddie Gambrell, Maggie Jordan, and Caitlyn Murphy from Pickens Middle School.

In the Elementary School Division all participating students were presented an Award of Participation by the Museum and the participating Schools.

In addition to the always entertaining Visual Arts Exhibition, which will be on display through March 27, the Pickens County Museum will also host, on Thursday March 20, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, a very special “Evening of Music, Performance and Piggybanks” which will feature the creative talents of performing arts students in the School District of Pickens County. The evening will be capped off with a life auction of artist created piggybanks.

Sponsored by the Easley Junior Women’s Club, “Project Piggy Bank” is a way to get the entire community involved in art.  Piggy banks designed and decorated by local artists were displayed in area businesses during December. All monies collected in those banks go to provide scholarships for youth that would like to attend summer art camps and classes at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History. Now those divine swine are on display at the museum so that you can enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the scholarship fund and acquire your favorite pig for your own collection. All bids must be in by 6:30 p.m. on March 20.

A selection of other exhibits, concerts and performances will take place at a variety of locations throughout March. As the many schools are sponsoring events too numerous to add here, please do contact your child’s school for programming information.

“Pickens County Youth Arts 2014” is sponsored in part by: Pickens Savings & Loan, South Carolina Bank & Trust, Earth Design, Inc. and Robinson Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Gardens. A very special thank you goes to the Easley Junior Women’s Club for their sponsorship of our kick-off reception and for the Project Piggybank Fundraiser. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963