A Wild Art Contest HONORABLE MENTION Wendell Stapleton I wanted to draw something peaceful, something everybody would understand. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: Interesting, with the parrot looking off the page, and the colors are beautiful. Red and green at the bottom are complementary, then the triadic pyramid of colors on the bird. It’s just a punch of color. Very nicely done. HONORABLE MENTION Isaiah Robinson The blue “stripes” on the hippo’s is water dripping, and the brown and black are his skin. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: What can you say? This hippo looks so content! The familiar, rounded shapes repeat throughout, but there is variety. He’s broken the pattern up to what the picture is: a happy hippo! HONORABLE MENTION Brodie Grant Birds are one of my favorite animals. I used to live on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, and there are tons of birds there. In the jungle, there are lots of colors, which I have. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This is an environment of the animal’s, and he really did depict it very well. Good colors, nice composition, well thought out. 3RDPLACE Zoe Scott I decided to make my flamingo a lot bigger and have the neck come off the page so it would look really tall. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: It pops! It’s got a really nice combination of environment and activity. Very pleasing colors and a good, balanced design. The dramatic-ness of the flamingo — it’s a flamingo! 1ST PLACE Brandon Cunningham The penguin is getting ready to go swimming, very early in the morning. I just love penguins — they’re funny when they walk! JUDGES’ COMMENTS: The composition, design, technique, and execution of materials are excellent. Mature colors. There’s a “chilliness” to it — very energetic. A very, very nice piece. DOWNTOWNER STAFF CHOICE DECEMBER MAGAZINE COVER Zechariah Mitchell I like polar bears because of the white fur. I got the idea for drawing the two bears like this out of a book. The hardest part was making the colors “fade.” I colored with the chalk, then I took my hand and rubbed it. My friend helped me choose the blue, and I’m proud of the colors. 2ND PLACE Kyla Hampton I wanted some action in the picture. I like giraffes and how tall they are, and I like the mane. Sometimes their ears wiggle! JUDGES’ COMMENTS: We liked it showing action and what this animal does in its environment. The strength and structure of the subject matter and the design were all quite lovely. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR’S CONTEST! KEEP UP THE GOOD ARTWORK FOR NEXT YEAR’S CONTEST! We owe a tremendous expression of gratitude to our loyal partner and contest co-sponsor through the years, Art Center Supply Store at 1636 Union, which has supported the contest and its mission from the contest’s beginnings in 2003. Every year, the Art Center Supply Store donates gift certificates and gift bags filled with art supplies. Joining us in our wild time this year was the Memphis Zoo, which generously donated Family 4-paks to Zoo Lights. Special thanks to this year’s contest judges: Pam Craig (PAKC), Rivertown Gallery owner and artist: 125 S. Main, 527-7573, rivertowngallery.net; and Pippa Browne, artist/illustrator: firstname.lastname@example.org. This contest could not have happened without the hard work and coordination efforts of Downtown Elementary School’s art teacher, Martha Berge, and her creative, talented art students. An exhibition and reception for the contest winners and top finalists’ entries will be held at Rivertown Gallery, 125 S. Main. Visit us on Facebook to find out when!
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