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Local artists earn District honors

ELIZABETH CITY – Hertford County students continue to shine.

At the February General Federation of Woman’s Clubs District 9 Art Festival in Elizabeth City, several Ahoskie Woman’s Club members were recognized. From left, Lois Smith received the District 9 Outstanding Clubwoman of the Year award; in art, Carolyn Smith received ribbons in crocheting, knitting, fabric craft, and jewelry; Noreen Hannon won three ribbons in photography; and Katherine Jernigan placed first in acrylic on canvas. Contributed Photo

On Feb. 16, Hertford County students and young adults had their creative works featured at the District 9 Woman’s Club Arts Festival hosted by the Woman’s Club of Elizabeth City. Of the 159 District entries submitted for judging, Hertford County students and club women provided 34 pieces. Student entries from grades 1 through 12 plus adults included crafts, visual arts, photography, and literature. These entries had previously been deemed first place winners at the local Ahoskie Woman’s Club Arts Festival held at the Gallery Theatre in January.

After competitive judging, the 34 local entries earned 17 first place awards; eight, second place awards; six, third place awards; and three certificates of merit. A special thank you and congratulations are due to both classroom and art teachers of Hertford County for their dedication and their emphasis on student skill development and expressive techniques.

Participating institutions included Bearfield Primary School, Hertford County High School, C. S. Brown STEM School, and Easterseals UCP.

The 17 first place District entries were created by Roger Askew and Destiny Vaughan of Hertford County High School; Madison Weller of Bearfield Primary School; Briannan Wall of C. S. Brown STEM; Jennifer Burden of Easterseals UCP; and Noreen Hannon, Katherine Jernigan, Katherine Allen, and Carolyn Smith of the Ahoskie Woman’s Club.

The winning categories were decorative painting, nature craft, fabric craft, knitting, crochet, weaving, beadwork, jewelry, glass craft, graphic pencil, sculpture, watercolor, acrylic painting, photography, and short story.

These entries will be part of the state Arts Festival competition sponsored by the North Carolina Greater Federation of Woman’s Clubs on March 9 in Mebane. This annual event is the largest student art contest in North Carolina.