What I hope will be the 1st Annual Youth Art Show sponsored by the Carroll County Bird Club kicked off with an Awards Ceremony and reception on March 19th, beginning at 5:30pm at Bear Branch Nature Center.
In all, there were 34 entries in four different categories (Kindergarten – 2nd Grade, 3rd – 5th Grade, Middle School, and High School). Five judges, including members Melinda Byrd, Susan Bollinger, and Bob Ringler, spent the afternoon of March 18th evaluating entries from all over the county. Not just for accuracy, but for technique and artistic merit as well.
Prizes were awarded to first, second, and third in each category. Those earning first place in all but the K-2nd category received one of the backpacks supplied by the YMOS. Each contained a pair of binoculars, field guides, etc. Second prizes consisted of some nice bird feeders donated by Bowman’s Home and Garden in Westminster. Third prizes were gift certificates to a local art supply store. There were also four special awards.
There were lots of great things to eat at the reception. These were either donated, baked, or bought by CCBC members.
Some of the artists agreed to make their works available for silent auction. $222.00 was raised by this method. It is being donated to Bear Branch Nature Center to help fund the excellent nature programs there.
The exhibit will be on display through April 16th.
I want to thank all of those involved in this project. My wife Mary, headed the committee that originally worked up the plan for the show. CJ McCauliffe, Amy Hoffman, and Dave Hudgins all provided helpful ideas and suggestions. Mary and CJ later worked hard collecting the artwork from the libraries around the county where it was dropped off by the artists. CJ donated the prizes for the K – 2nd Grade category winners and much of the food served at the reception. Special thanks to Mary Beth Francis and Amy for supplying additional food items. Amy also collected the money at the silent auction. Many members who attended the reception bid heavily on the artwork. This made all the difference. Each young person’s artwork was purchased by someone.
Thanks so much.
Maddie Koenig, the naturalist at Bear Branch Nature Center, holds a check from the Carroll County Bird Club for $222.00. While not specifically a fundraising event, some of the 34 artists currently showing their works at the Center donated them to be sold by silent auction.
The Youth Art Show, sponsored by the CCBC, attracted artists from all over the county. It will remain on display at Bear Branch until April 16th.