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Ellis Middle School art show award winners and report

To say that the Austin Area Art Center was beaming with pride, sense of accomplishment and people would not have been an overstatement. The open house for the Ellis Middle School Art Show took place Sunday, February 5, and it was a packed crowd with 153 in attendance.

Second place 7th Grade winner Miranda Bergman's Rainbow Zebra
@ Solid Rock Photography
William Olson hands out the awards at the Austin Area Art Center
@ Solid Rock Photography

The students and parents had been coming out all week to view this show. Monday night there were 50 in attendance. Tuesday night there were 26. Thursday night there were 25 and then Sunday they came back to find out who won first, second, and third place in each grade. The judges for this show were Bonnie Lee, Gallery Coordinator for the Austin Area Art Center, Jim Wegner, former Riverland Art Instructor, and long time artist Yvonne Jondal.

The students, who did not have any work at the beginning of January, put forth volumes of effort to produce this much art in time for this show and the art show going on at Ellis! Kudos to the students and their art teacher, Linsey Olesiak, for the great work that they did. Olesiak came back from northern Minnesota where she was visiting family just to see the show and be with some of her students again. “I would not have missed this show. You guys did a great job of hanging the show to feature the students work. Thank you for all you did on behalf of the students.”

The Art Center would like to thank the business sponsors that gave prizes to give away to the award winners and Ezekiel for playing the piano for the open house.

  1. Coffee House on Main
  2. The Austin Chamber Of Commerce
  3. The Family Video
  4. The Matchbox Children’s Theatre
  5. Oak Park Mall
  6. Solid Rock Photography
  7. Solid Rock International
  8. The Paramount Theatre

The award winners are as follows.

8th Grade

  1. Hannah S for her Word Illustration
  2. Jackie Krueger for her Watercolor Hand
  3. Hanna Noble for her Hans Hofman

7th Grade

  1. Kelsey Kresbach for her portrait of Niki Ming
  2. Miranda Bergmann for her Rainbow Zebras
  3. Paige Raymond for her Leaf Bowl

6th Grade

  1. Nicole K for her Precise
  2. Reina Agrilai for her Dr. Reina
  3. Lauryn Bell for her Dancer

In case you did not get to come out to the show yet, do not worry. You still have time as the show will be up until February 26 at 4pm. Normal business hours are from 12-4 Wednesdays through Sundays. It will come down the following day to make room for the Artists Go Green Show which is open to the public to exhibit their work. Stay tuned here to find out more details about that show and other art events in Austin.


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