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Shafer showcases talents of Barton County high school artists
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Forgotten Best of Show, 2D Kaitlyn Robl, Ellinwood

Category awards presented were as follows:


Acrylic and Oil Painting: first, Kelsey Couture, Great Bend, "Blue Passion," acrylic; second, Tabitha Boese, Great Bend, "Fog," acrylic; third, Lance Popp, Great Bend, "I Can’t Believe It’s Not ‘Butter’ Fly," acrylic; honorable mention: Kelsey Couture, "Passion’s," acrylic; Carly Hoffman, Claflin, "Welcome to the Jungle," acrylic.

Watercolor Painting:

Drawing (black and white):

Drawing (colored):

Pastel and Charcoal:

Digital Art:





Mixed Media: first, Virginia Trimmer, Great Bend, "Different Cultures," mixed media; second, Trent Schremmer, Hoisington, "Deer," collage; third, Darien Beckwith, Ellinwood, "Diversity," mixed media; honorable mention: Devon Link, Great Bend, "Devo Pop," mixed media.

first, Bell Brickley, Hoisington, "Turtle," batik; second, JR Cloutier, Hoisington, "Dog," batik.
first, Ian Goering, Ellinwood, "Black Lightening"; second, Jacob Christansen, Ellinwood, "Persian Blue"; third, Kale Clawson, Ellinwood, "Sea of Moss"; honorable mention: Michael Sisson, Great Bend, "Orange Cup."
first, Angel Briseno, Ellinwood, "Our Lady of Miracle," mosaic; second, Tyler Peterson, Great Bend, "Luchador," ceramic; honorable mention: Rondi Denning, Hoisington, "Happy Feet," sculpture; Kyle Corbett, Ellinwood, "Woody," ceramic.
first, Deiah Curtis, Hoisington, "The Whooping Crane," scratchboard; second, Melissa Patta," Hoisington, "The Whooping Crane," scratchboard; third, Tori Tucker, Ellinwood, "Face in the Shadows," linocut print; honorable mention: Jody Garren, Ellinwood, "A Knight in Flight," linocut print.
first, Breanna Burns, Hoisington, "Wild," digital photo; second, McKenna Swalley, Great Bend, "I’m a Sinner," digital photo; third, Jerica Battaglear, Hoisington, "Untitled," photo.
first, Shelbi Trarbach, Ellinwood, "Visions of the Rut," pastel; second, Reba Thomas, Ellinwood, "Papa," charcoal; third, Amy Neeley, Ellinwood, "Still Life," charcoal; honorable mention: Gentry McLeland, Ellinwood, "Childhood Wonder," charcoal; Darrien Beckwith, Ellinwood, "Eyes of Wisdom," charcoal; Brooke Panning, Ellinwood, "Spring Memories," pastel/charcoal.
first, Becca Brining, Great Bend, "Splash of Color," marker; second, Chelsea Day, Ellinwood, "Electric Shock," colored pencil; third, Dylan Grant, Great Bend, "Wonderland," colored pencil; honorable mention: Daniel Marshall, Great Bend, "Hidden," colored pencil; Elizabeth Swigart, Great Bend, "Oceanic Wonders," colored pencil.
first, Josee Roth, Ellinwood, "Serenity," ink; second, Janessa Swalley, Great Bend, "Aliciafied Experience Tribute," graphite; third, Addie Billinger, Ellinwood, "The House That Built Me," graphite; honorable mention: Andrea Klepper, Ellinwood, "Beauty," charcoal; Madison Roach, Great Bend, "Maddie and Gunar," graphite; Courtney Boor, Great Bend, "Never Shout Lyrics," graphite.
first, Annette Valdovinos, Great Bend, "Magical Flower"; second, Madison Roach, Great Bend, "Smiles"; third, Haylee Blake, Great Bend, "Blue Rose"; honorable mention: Jenna Bowman, Great Bend, "World of Wonders"; Selena Arceo, Great Bend, "Mysterious Watercat"; Joy Connor, Great Bend, "Me."

For the second year in a row, Great Bend High School art student Catherine Nelson won Best of Show in the three-dimensional division of the Shafer Gallery’s Barton County High School Juried Art Exhibition. This year she received the award for a stoneware piece titled "Would You Like to Hear a Story?"

Ellinwood High School art student Kaitlyn Robl won Best of Show in two-dimensional art for her charcoal drawing titled "Forgotten." Robl was a first-place winner in last year’s high school exhibit.

Jurors for the exhibition were Barton art instructors Bill Forst and Steve Dudek. They presented their awards March 6 during the opening reception honoring the students. The Best of Show selections received $100 cash awards.

Forst commended Nelson as 3-D Best of Show award recipient. "Her work exhibits creativity and technical expertise," he said.

Dudek described Robl’s work as a well balanced and controlled work of art. "Even though it was controlled, the drawing had movement and energy, and at the same time, the work had subtle expression and passion," he said. "The artist showed sophistication in the way she presented her idea."

The high school artists are students of Carol Selle and Liz Bowman, Great Bend; Greg Maxwell, Ellinwood; Christina Lamoureaux, Hoisington; and Steve Dixon, Claflin. The high school exhibit will continue through March 27. However, the gallery will be closed Sunday, March 20, through Friday, March 25, for the college’s spring break. It will re-open on Sunday, March 27, to offer a final day to see the high school exhibit.