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March 12, 2014

Central artists conquer competition

THOMASVILLE — Nine Thomas County Central High School students earned awards that beat competition at the recent Thomasville Center for the Arts (TCA) Youth Arts Show.  Three won significant cash prizes.   

Top finalist Lyndsae Madden, 17, received the $1,000 portfolio competition Artists’ Guild Scholarship, which she intends to use at Valdosta State University as an art major.  Eight of Madden’s works are in the show. 

“It was real exciting,” stated Madden when she found out she won.  “I worked really hard to make the artworks.  It shows hard work really pays off.”

Of the many works Madden created in three years of art classes, she believes that “Toucan” is her best piece.

“I really like watercolor and the bright colors of its beak,” she said. 

First-place winner, Holly Zolt, 18, scored a $100 award with her orange and blue papier-mâché sculptural mask. The fanciful animal project took her more than a month to first construct, then paint with elaborate designs.

Mary Oglesby, TCA Youth Outreach director, revealed judges’ comments that “the piece has a lot of movement and is well crafted,” and the “pattern and attention to detail is very well done.” 

Third-place recipient, Aaisha Parson, 17, created “Beetles and Cans,” an ink drawing depicting crushed soda pop cans layered with beetles.

Oglesby remarked on its “excellent composition” and “nice variation of marks and lines.”  

“I wanted to do something different, so I researched four different beetles,” said Parson.  “I like art because it relaxes my mind when I’m working.” 

In all, 22 area students from four art departments earned awards at the event. More than 130 works will be on display in the first-floor gallery for the month of March in celebration of “YAM – Youth Arts Month.” 

Thomas County Central

Award of Excellence – Jesse Boatwright, 12th

Award of Excellence – Asia Gurulé, 10th

Honorable Mention – Heather Allen, 12th

Honorable Mention – Peyton Barrett, 11th

Honorable Mention – Tierra Christian, 11th

Honorable Mention – Erica LeSuer, 10th

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