Another successful Friendship Art Show and Sale draws a crowd

Marissa Hernandez, a freshman at Lytle High School, won Best of Show and the Peoples’ Choice Award in the Friendship Art Club’s Student Art Show.

The annual Friendship Art Show and Sale was filled with fun and surprises. A large crowd enjoyed the Student Art Show, twenty-two creative booths, an extensive drawing and good food and company. Visitors and artists shared an opportunity to judge the art work with a ballot for their favorite art in the show for the Peoples’ Choice Award.
Visitors meandered in and out of booths and cast their ballot for their favorite art work. This year’s Peoples’ Choice Award from the members’ competition and booth participants went to Dale Andrews. His oil painting included a variety of classic cars parked in front of Gruene Hall.
In the Student Exhibit, Best of Show winner, Marissa Hernandez from Lytle High School, also won the Peoples’ Choice Award. Marissa, a freshman, exhibited a graphite portrait of a dragon.
The art show competition included club members and booth participants. Each artist may enter three art pieces in a number of categories. Categories are divided by subject matter and may include a variety of different media. The judging results are as follows.
Overall Best of Show: Linda Bendele
Scenic: First place, Dale Andrews; Second place, Liz Bendele; Third place, Jim Abernathy. Judges Merit, Dale Andrews and Liz Bendele.
Portraits: First place, Lindy Wheeler; Second place, Laurel Cyrene; Third place, Linda Bendele.
Animals: First place, Roberta Andrews; Second place, Roberta Andrews; Third place, Laurel Cyrene. Judges Merit, Lindy Wheeler, Yolanda Alderson, Laurel Cyrene.
Abstracts: First place, Linda Bendele; Second place, Barbara Kelly; Third place, Jane Petty. Judges merit, Jane Petty.
Drawing: First place, Roberta Andrews; Second place, Roberta Andrews; Third place, Dee Thompson.
Florals: First place, Mary Hernandez; Second place, Yolanda Alderson; Third place, Carolyn Muennick
Photos: First place, Mary Ann Buckheit; Second place, Rosemary Jones; Third place, Rosemary Jones.
Three dimensional: First place, Carolyn Muennick; Second place, Carolyn Muennick
The Student Art Show provides an opportunity for area schools to display outstanding work. Community Excellence Awards are earned by the participating schools according to their overall achievement in the judging. The awards are given based on a points system which reflects the overall performance of the school.
This year, Excellence Awards were earned by Lytle Junior High School and Devine High School. Other awards were as follows.
The three overall winners in the Junior High School division were: First place, Danika Chapa, Lytle Junior High School; Second place, Kiera Gutierrez, Lytle Junior High School; Third place, Madalyn Aldridge, Medina Valley Middle School.
Winners in other categories:
Lytle Junior High School: Tasmia Majid, First place; Cyntia Negronrosario, Second place, Amelia Martinez, Third place.
Medina Valley Middle School: Shealyn Calabrese, First place; Elena Garza, First place; Sophia Edstrom, First place; Sophia Quiroz, First place.
Loma Alta Middle School: Reagan MacTaggert, First place; Aliza Perez, First place; Jenah Broesche, First place; Dominic Goff, Second place; Isabelle Dickerson, Third place.
Somerset Junior High School: Vania Sofia Villafuente Martinez, First place; Belany Solis, Second place; Jenna Villalobos, Second place; Miriam Lozano Tabullo, Third place.
Devine Middle School: Madeline Hein, First place; Sarah Wimett, First place; Arabelle Davalos, Third place; Curtis Kuykendall, Third place; Brook Falcon, Third place.
Natalia Junior High School: Gabby Hawkins, Second place; Victoria Sauseda, Second place; Esperanza Gonzales, Third place; Savannah Tovar, Third place; Josh Perez, Third place.
The High School over all group awards went to Eric Cantu, First place, Devine High School; Evelyn Gomez, Second place, Natalia High School; Melanie Zelmck, Third place, Devine High School.
Category awards are as follows.
Devine High School: Jianna Zamera, First place; Trinity Black, First place; Clarrissa Ybenez, Second place.
Lytle High School: Marissa Hernandez, Best of Show; Ulises Marentes, First place; Elissa Gallegos, Second place; Marley Walker, Second place, Yahir Olivera, Second place.
Medina Valley High School: Arrisa Sandoval, Second place; Shelby Rodriguez, Second place.
Natalia High School: Hollie Morgan, First place; Lauren Rizo, First place; Evelyn Gomez, Second place.
The Friendship Art Club thanks all the community for helping to make this event so successful; from contributions to the raffle for our scholarship program, to participating artists, to the principals and teachers who take extra time to encourage students – to the clean-up crew! A special thank you to our competition judge, George Rodriguez from Jerry’s Art a Rama. Jane Brown is chairwoman of the show and Dale Andrews chairs the Student Art Show. Many people work to keep the wheels turning and our thanks to all!
The Friendship Art Club meets every Tuesday morning at the Lytle Church of Christ. Business meetings and programs are the second Tuesday of each month. Visitors are welcome. Come paint with us!