As the snow piled up and temperatures dipped outside, students in the Waupaca School District were busy indoors creating artwork for the Waupaca Area Public Library’s Youth Art Month exhibit.
The annual exhibit celebrates the artwork of Waupaca’s elementary, middle and high school students.
It opened Feb. 25 and runs through April 6.
Art teachers at each school chose artwork to be displayed in the annual exhibition.
Artwork ranges from pencil drawings and canvas paintings to ceramic and fabric bowls.
Local judges presented awards for the top artwork.
The six-week exhibition kicked off on Monday, Feb. 25 with a reception for all students and their families with displayed artwork.
Judges gave 10 top awards this year, including a Judges’ Award for the first time.
WHS senior Robin Peeters received the Judges’ Award for her several entries in the show.
In the high school division, McKenna Plunkett, Taran Walkush and Michelle Stiebs all won top awards.
Markie Ash, Emma Cramer, Gabby Sullivan and Calder Evans received the top middle school awards.
Jay Nikolai, Tommy Herreid and Jaly Azuara were honored with top elementary school prizes.
All received certificates and cash prizes from the Waupaca Library Foundation.
Twenty-two students received honorable mentions for their artwork.
Among high school students, Beau Ash, Cayla Cavey, Cole Deuman, Lucy Martineau, Abby Dremel, Ian Johnson and Katie Hansen all received awards.
Ashley Holzbauer, Colby Bernhardt, Kourtney Plamann, Niamh Sexton and Kyle Pulvermacher received honorable mention in the middle school division.
Eliot Batten, Eliana Starry, Amelia Fischer, Evan Saunders, Madeline Koran, Kaite Stephens-Hayes, Sawyer Mielke, Ava Degen, McKenzie Hanson, Chloe Marquette, Alivia Degen and Chloe Marcom were honored among elementary school students.
Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs across the country.
The Waupaca Area Public Library’s Youth Art Month exhibit will be on display during normal library hours in the lower-level exhibit room.
The Waupaca Area Public Library provides cultural, historical and educational displays free to the general public.
For more information, contact Tracy Behrendt, Exhibit Room coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-258-4414.