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The Artist of the Month of March at the County-City Library is not just one person with a specific kind of art.
There are actually 153 Artists of the Month, featuring a wide variety of media styles.
The West Texas Art Guild recently sponsored a Children's Art Show at the local library, with the youngest artist being three years old spanning all the way to 18 years old. The applicants were broken down into five age groups (3-5 years; 6-8 years; 9-11 years; 12-14 years; and 15-18 years).
Event coordinators Judy Hill and Carolyn Walker, members of the West Texas Art Guild, stated that this event has been taking place in Mitchell County for the past four years, but with several of the members and even the president of the West Texas Art Guild hailing from Sweetwater, they recognized the local need for the show.
Hill and Walker said they were pleasantly surprised at the turnout for the very first Children's Art Show in Sweetwater and can tell the participants â€” which come from all over the county â€” were excited about the opportunity. They also express their appreciation to the County-City Library for their willingness to host the event.
The artists highlighted used a multitude of styles including crayon, pencil, colored pencil, water color, scratch art, collage, photography, acrylic, tempera and a textured surface on canvas.
The artwork was to be entered to the County-City Library by Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. An out of town judge, Adele Morgan, was at the library on Friday, March 2 to take a look at the artwork.
Morgan has been painting since her high school days, exemplifying her true love for art. She has been a Colorado City resident for most of her life and was a school teacher for around 30 years.
She taught almost every age group during her tenure, thus surrounding herself with a variety of art. She was a former middle school and high school art teacher and also taught in some home economic classes, where design and color were highlighted.
Morgan was personally encouraged by her own art teacher while attending school and enjoys seeing children working on art and recognizing their abilities.
Morgan also praised the area art teachers for their work and for allowing the participants to show off their creativity. She firmly believes that when children use their creative side, it can also serve as a boost to academics.
With her school-teaching days behind her, Morgan has been focused on her own personal art for the past six years. Currently, she is concentrating on water color, acrylic, oil and drawing.
A reception for the artists and their family and friends was held on Saturday morning, March 3, which kicked off the Children's Art Show. Ribbons were awarded to all participants, while honorable mention winners and 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for each category were also recognized. A Best of Show ribbon was also given for the overall best artwork.
The artwork will be featured throughout the entire month at the library. The County-City Library is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.