2013 Art Expo Winners


The work, judged by artists Dan Curry, Helen Day and Joyce Ross, was divided into three categories: Painting and Drawing, which included oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and pen and pencil; Photography; and 3-D, which in this case encompassed wood, stained glass, mixed media and a mask.


First prize in Painting and Drawing went to Charles Long, Jr., for his meticulous cross-hatched pen and ink rendering of "Boordy Vineyards," bringing to the drawing of a building as much character as the portrait of a noble.


The top winner in photography was Sheila Hagemeyer, whose black and white photo, "Snow Plow Train," reanimates the grace of a vanished era, capturing the unlikely machinery used to keep the rail beds clear in an inhospitable climate.


Mary Ellen Minnier's beautifully and painstakingly constructed stained glass piece, "The Wonderful Fiddler," takes us farther back in time, gaining her first prize in 3-D for the winsome figure who might have stepped out of Sherwood Forest.


Mary Ellen also took second prize in Painting and Drawing for her acrylic, "Rat," a personable vermin scrounge thoroughly enjoying his corncob meal.


Second and third place in Photography went to Jeff Hoodak for "Summer at the Harbor" and "Ripple Reflections," the first a quiet look at a boat-filled marina flanked by luminous flowers, the second a soft-textured evocation of leaves bobbing on a pond's surface.


Emily Green took second prize in 3-D with her exuberant mask of "Aslan," done for a theater production of the Narnia stories but taking on a captivating life of its own.


"Luisa's Iris" was the third-prize watercolor by Diana Novosel, so rich and explosive with color that you can almost smell the petals.


And perennial bowl-master Sam Wylie took third prize in 3-D for "Norfolk Island Pine Vase," a wooden wonder so exquisitely lathe-turned as to seem impossible.


Lynn Kibbe's scratchboard study of a wildcat, "Silent Gaze," was the runaway winner of the People's Choice Award, as it eyed each of us from the night of its black background.


2014 Choice of Show winner: Bela Bialer

For the 17th year, the SCCA has presented the Choice of Show award at the annual Sullivan County High School art show. Our judges (this year, Karen Black, Paul Krieg and Mary Ellen Minnier) pick the one artwork in the show they think is best. The Arts Council purchases it from the artist, has it framed and hung on permanent exhibit in the school hallway, along with a small plaque. This year's winner, with the scratch art piece titled "The Age of Sadness," is Bela Bialer. Congratulations Bela, and congratulations to art teacher Deb McDonald who established the award and has promoted the kind of exception work that can make all of us proud of our multi-talented students.

2014 Youth Art Award Winners

The SCCA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Youth Art Awards. Each of the first, second and third-place winners received a small cash prize, and all winners including honorable mention were given an ornate certificate. The awards ceremony took place at the Sullivan County Library in Dushore on March 29.

Elementary and high school students entered 189 paintings, drawings and other two-dimensional work through their art teachers, Karen Oliver-Rider and Deb McDonald. Winners in 14 categories were chosen by judges Cat Badger, Helen Day and Joan Moore. The Arts Council thanks the judges for the time and careful consideration they gave to a daunting task - finding the best when all the work is excellent.

Ages 5-6 Mixed Media, 1st, Rory Sherwood, Flowers in Vase; 2nd, Kira Hottenstein, Sunset at the Ocean; 3rd, Kira Hottenstein, Fire Fly; Honorable Mention, Kaeleigh McDonald, Flowers on Table.

Ages 6-7 Mixed Media, 1st, Torrance Marotti, "Shiney,  the Dog"; 2nd, Hunter O'Conner, Fire Fly; 3rd, Taylor Sznaider, Indian Girl; 6Honorable Mention, Marty Ellen Zeigler, Fire Fly.

Ages 7-10 Painting, 1st, Sydnie Stone, Starry Night; 2nd, Shane Malinowski, Self portrait; 3rd, Caden Fluck, Scarecrow; Honorable Mention, Michael Lopez, Self Portrait.

Ages 10-12 Drawing, 1st, Kala Bolsar, Starclan; 2nd, Colby Heaton, Busy Workers; 3rd, Nathan Higley, Woman with Pet; Honorable Mention, Jade Eberlin, Girl with Bright Shirt.

Ages 10-12 Mixed Media, 1st, Jessica King, Chameleon; 2nd, Lucas Molyneux, Spider; 3rd, Braeden Bedford, Monster; Honorable Mention, Bethany Beinlich, Profile.

Ages  10-12 Painting & Pastel, 1st, Colton Ammerman, Kangaroo; 2nd, Samantha Albright, Palm Trees; 3rd, Colby Heaton, Still Life; Honorable Mention, Emily Geist, Fisher King.

Rotation Art, 1st, Melissa Frank, Mans Best Friend; 2nd, Rayanna Higley, Rubix Cubes; 3rd, Dylan Staples, Three Fish; Honorable Mention, Anastasia Miller, Three D Ana.

Ages  14 Mixed Media, 1st, Skyler Carpenter, A Million Suns; 2nd, Hayden Baumunk, Zebras Grazing; 3rd, Hayden Baumunk, Cells; Honorable Mention, Hayden Baumunk, Ice Cream.

Ages 15-16 Colored Pencil, 1st, Noah Krieg, Duck in the Water; 2nd, Molly Frey, Growing Into Your True Colors; 3rd, Molly Frey, Resting Otters; Honorable Mention, Taylor Hull, Zentangle.

Ages 15-16 Marker & Oil Pastel, 1st, Taylor Hull, Dancer; 2nd, Michael Feister, The Tide; 3rd, Kayla Shaffer, Floral Beauty; Honorable Mention, Carly Lewis, Sunset.

Ages 15-16 Scratch Art, 1st, Taylor Hull, Think; 2nd, Kayla Magargle, Living Dead Girl; 3rd, Kayla Shaffer, Joker; Honorable Mention, Molly Frey, The Song of the Forest.

Ages 17-18 Colored Pencil, 1st, Jaron Williams, Buffalo; 2nd, Emily McMahon, Elephant in Love; 3rd, Bela Bialer, In Memory of Dad; Honorable Mention, Mystick Wood, Deep in Color; Honorable Mention, Ean Ammerman, Bird of  "Passion."

Ages 17-18 Oil Pastel & Marker, 1st, Bela Bialer, Man of No Words; 2nd, Sadie Lewis, Cozette; 3rd, Emily McMahon, Bridge Over Venus; Honorable Mention, Courtney Leahy, Spring.

Ages 17-18 Scratch Art, 1st, Bela Bialer, The Age of Sadness; 2nd, Erika Spako, Gorilla; 3rd, Stephanie Hill, Crazy Chameleons; Honorable Mention, Sadie Lewis, Guy.

2014 Theater Award Winners

Our annual award to the graduating senior, district or home schooled, who has given the most to the dramatic arts over his or her school career left us with a conundrum:  Too many good candidates. So we threw in the towel and divided the prize, like Gaul, into three parts. The co-winners for 2014 are Ean Ammerman, Rachel Choplick and Teddy Garcia. Congratulations to all three in a banner year for the stage.

2014 Literary Award Winners

These awards honor a high school-level student's "body of work" - the total effect of all pieces entered, whether they be a single entry or a collection that can include a combination of prose and poetry.

Of this year's four winners, three submitted both prose and poetry, and three chose a foreign setting for their short story.

First place went to Megan Kiner, who is home schooled and who was also the top winner of the award the year it was first given. Her entries included "Perspective," a poem about the shift in outlook on winter that can come with age; "Seasons," a short study of fire, ash, life and death; and "Changeling," a mesmerizing story of sorrow, trauma and redemption at an English boarding school for girls during World War II.

Second Prize winner Kelly Kramer, a Sullivan County High School student, entered a short story with the intriguing title, "To be or not to be a fish," a tale of a Greek teenager caught between the pulls of tradition and college education in America; and "World History: a Timepiece," a clever poetic look at knowledge through the ages.

Third Prize went to home schooled Amy Brian McGee, last year's top winner, for "The Promise of Better Days Soak Through My Socks on Starry Nights," a stirring tale of a father's dealing with family tragedy; and a poem on sadness at the edge of sleep, "I woke amidst a mist of dreariness."

Libby Schreffler, from Sullivan County High School, took Fourth Prize with "The Window in Nonna's Attic," a charming story of a grandmother's diary detailing her trip to Venice where she met the great love of her life.

The prize winners, along with the cream of the other entries who made it through the first round of judging, will appear in the fourth annual copy of "Hills and Valleys," the annual Arts Council magazine, which will also feature the high school-level winners of the Youth Arts Awards.