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Ft. Madison Area Arts Association unveiled winners of the Annual High School Competition at the reception Saturday. Interiors by Philip is the sponsor for this month's show. Viewing available all month long Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. Lunch-Ala-Art on April 29th will feature one of the regional schools. With the loss of Harmony a new school requested entry to the regional as they are limited on exhibitions in their area. FMAAA welcomes Cardinal High School of Eldon, IA to the regional. Harriet Souder was the juror for FMAAA this year. She was an art educator for decades in the Cedar Falls area, with specialization herself in painting and stained glass. Harriet received her BA from Northern Iowa than went on to graduate with Masters in Fine Arts in painting from University of Iowa. The feature this month will be great discussion point for FMAAA Early Out scheduled this month for April 27th with guest artist Ray McKee offering “Pencil Art for Kids”. Ray is a gifted instructor for children...great opportunity for budding artists 1:30-3:30. Call the gallery 372-3996 to register.

This annual also includes returning regulars Central Lee, Hamilton, Keokuk, Ft. Madison, and Holy Trinity Catholic high schools competing in the divisions of black and white drawing, color drawing , painting, mixed media, three-dimensional, ceramics, and photography. Best of Show went to Shelbie Foster, 11th grade at Hamilton for stained glass work entitled Shapes. She will receive $40 from Personal Touch portraits for the victory.

First place in black&white drawing division goes to Vanessa Worrell of Central Lee with pointillism piece “Ice Cream Sundae”. Second went to Maia Jenkins, 12th grade Keokuk for “Queenie”. Third was Hannah Growe, 9th grade FMHS for “Barn”. Danielle Scheetz received an honorable mention in this category with her pointillism work “Matriarch”. Color Drawing division is for pastels and colored pencil works. Allison Metcalf of Cardinal High took 1st place ribbon with “Water Lily”. Jessie McElderry of Cardinal High nets 2nd place with “Bluejay”. Karlee Hugg of Central Lee halts the Eldon shutout in the division with 3rd place with “Husky”. Cardinal High of Eldon also landed honorable mentions ribbons with Mckenzie Trout with Wild Lily and Shelbie Jeffery with Day Lily. Painting division 1st place went to a watercolor by Abby Camp, 9th grade Hamilton with “Flowerhatch”. Keokuk flexed paintbrush muscle from there on with Haley Benson 11th grade with 2nd place on “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”; Daesha Cale 11th grade with 3rd place with Winter Joy; and Paige Klose, 12th grade with Honorable Mention on “Galaxy”.

The three-dimensional division was strong again this year. Jordan Bush, 12th grade HTC wins 1st place with “Frida&Diego”. Kevin Krogmeier, 11th grade HTC rolls with 2nd place on large “FlatBed”. Anna Ash, 10th grade FMHS stitches 3rd place with Yarn Doll. Kylee Elingbue, 12th grade Hamilton, won an Honorable Mention with glass sculpture with “Golden Light”. Mixed media division contains any works with multiple mediums, printmaking, and computer graphics. Jordan Bush, 12th grade HTC scores a second 1st place with “When the Music is Over”. Kolton Johnson, 10th grade at Hamilton wins 2nd place with a stained glass Toucan. Selma Blanchard, 10th grade Hamilton, takes 3rd place with cut paper “Baby&Me”.  Josh McFadden, 11th FMHS, won Honorable Mention for his monoprint of "Lava Lamps". Ceramics and Photography are newer divisions requested by the art educators. Ceramics is for coil, slab, or thrown pottery that it more utilitarian or decorative in nature, differing them from the overall sculpture category. Abby Boeding, 12th grade HTC wins 1st place with large pitcher. Britany Mathison took 2nd with a thrown red bowl. Austin Kirchner won 3rd place with a slab plaque of “Dark Night”. Photography division was swept by FMHS with John Peterman, 12th grade at 1st with “IA Capitol Staircase”; Adrian Grain and Star Vega both 11th grade took second and third respectively. Madeline Barner, 12th grade Keokuk won an Honorable Mention for “Because I Said No”.

Viewing is available all month. FMAAA also encourages the region to support Expressions Art Auction on April 16th at Comfort Inn&Suites in Ft. Madison. See entire digital line-up at www.fmaaa.com. Tickets available with FMAAA Board Members and gallery, Dana Bushong Jewelers, or Uptown Ivy. By supporting the FMAAA annual fund raiser you allow FMAAA to bring enrichment opportunities for the next year. Just look at what FMAAA has brought you thus far in 2016 with Budding Artist K-8 show, followed by 52 Faces of Volunteerism, and readying ourselves for a science meets art spectacular with “Wonders from Beyond” coming in May!