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Area students take spotlight at art show

    by By Emilie Nelson - Messenger staff writer
    Posted on 3/21/2012

Young artists had the opportunity to show off their work at the first Twin Lakes Conference Art Show at Iowa Central Community College Tuesday.

More than 100 students representing art departments from Twin Lakes Conference Schools Alta Aurerlia, East Sac, Laurens-Marathon, Newell-Fonda, Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy- Palmer, Prairie Valley, Sioux Central, South Central Calhoun and Southeast Webster-Grand spent the day on campus to showcase their best works and receive feedback from professional artists from Iowa Central and Buena Vista University.

Mary Mello-Nee, professor of art at Buena Vista University Storm Lake Campus, served as a guest juror for the day, offering professional reviews and feedback on students' artwork and helped to select winners in various categories.

"There is a lot of great artwork here today," said Mello-Nee. "That makes this a very hard job."

Students showed displayed everything from two-dimensional watercolor paintings to three-dimensional remote-controlled mechanical sculptures hoping to not only impress jurors, but fellow student artists, who cast ballots for the Student Choice Award.

Erica Blair, a senior at Southeast Webster-Grand, said she enjoyed the day.

"The workshops were very good," Blair said. "They taught us some things I didn't know."

Blair displayed her photograph of a bird, titled "Early Visitor," and enjoyed seeing the work of other students from the area.

"I really enjoyed the photographs," she said. "There was a lot of competition here."

SW-G student Madelaine Miller displayed her original piece, titled "What's Your Favorite Color, I Mustache You" which featured a colorful display of melted waxes made from melted crayons in a wood frame adorned with cardboard flowers.

"Everything on it is recycled," Miller said. "It's made from old crayons, the frame is old wood, and the flowers were from cardboard egg cartons."

Each award winner received a $200 art scholarship to Iowa Central Community College and honorable mentions received $100 art scholarships.