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40 Middle School Students Participate in Local Art Exhibit

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Forty students from eight public and private middle schools in New Hanover County recently participated in an art exhibit and juried art show at Morning Glory Coffee House. Watson College professor Janna Robertson coordinated the event in partnership with Morning Glory owner Tim Kenny, local artist Will Balance and area art teachers.

The exhibit opened on November 29 and ran through December 8. Student participants, teachers and event coordinators all agreed the event was a success.

“It was exciting to see the wonderful talent of New Hanover County middle school artists,” Robertson said. “This was the first time we had both public and private schools represented in a professional juried art show, and it was a wonderful example of community collaboration with the schools. The event was a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

Robertson, Balance and student artists from Wilmington Early College High School judged entries at the event and winners were awarded cash prizes. Winners were:

  • First place: Skyler Mendoza, Noble Middle School, Art teacher Margaret Cooley (prize: $100)
  • Second Place: Shea Hoffocker, Roland Grise Middle School, Art teacher Jennifer Capps (prize: $50)
  • Third Place: Andres Vildiri, Myrtle Grove Middle School, Art teacher Catherine Halecki (prize: $25)
  • Honorable Mention: Amare Davis, Williston Middle School, Art teacher Happy Olmstead Jones (prize: $10)

Robertson said the group plans to make the Morning Glory Coffee House Middle Grades Juried Art Show an annual event. They also hope to extend the opportunity to high school and elementary school aged children in the future.

Media Coverage

WWAY, November 28: Wilmington Coffee House Prepares for Student Art Showcase