High School Student Art Show winners announced


Brattleboro >> The Arts Council of Windham County is holding its 2016 High School Student Art Show at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (2-D) and at Vermont Artisans (3-D) show until Thursday, March 31 (both venues on Main Street in Brattleboro). If you haven't seen this stunning art show, stop by and check it out. While there, be sure to enter your vote into our "People's Choice Award" ballot container (on podium by windows at end of exhibit by the back windows) for your favorite piece of high school student art.

The following is a list of this year's award winners. Best in Show awardees received a $25 gift certificate to Zephyr's Art Supply Store.


Best in show, Skyler Nupp - "Turtle." Leland & Gray

Gary Blomgren Award: Mavis Eaton - "Susan," Brattleboro Union HS

Honorable Mention: Isabel Renaud - "Omni Cloud," Brattleboro Union HS; and Molly Schoales - "Hyim", Brattleboro Union HS


Best in show, Erelyn Griffin - "Fawn and Rabbit," Leland & Gray

Gary Blomgren Award: Sydney Knowle-Donnelly - "Cow Barn," The Putney School

Honorable Mention: Roxanne Birch - "Traveling Steam City," Twin Valley HS; Meara Seery - "Portrait w/ Bubble Gum," Brattleboro Union High School; and Emily Wunderle - "Sloth," Bellows Falls Union High School

Mixed media

Best in show, Chaera Lee - "Rosa," Vermont Academy

Honorable Mention: Leia Gui - "Self Portrait," Vermont Academy and Averie Lowe - "Equestrians," Bellows Falls Union HS

Digital Photography

Best in show, Emma Reuter - "Sandy Weather," Brattleboro Union HS

Honorable Mention: Olivia Stent - "Partners in Crime," Brattleboro Union HS;and Samantha Cragin - "Autumn Waters," Brattleboro Union HS


Best in show, Izzy Lidsky - "Putney at Night," The Putney School

Honorable Mention: Ben Shumlin - "Bikes and Barns," The Putney School and Tricia Whitehill - "Untitled," Vermont Academy

Digital arts

Best in show, Adam Hinkley - "Constructivism Pastiche," Brattleboro Union HS

Honorable Mention: Austin Iellpi - "Life is Short," The Compass School; and Danielle Dezendorf - "Cheshire Cat," Leland & Gray


Best in show, Elizabeth Green - "Electric Jellyfish," The Putney School

Gary Blomgren Award: Olaf Saaf - "Untitled," The Putney School

Honorable Mention: Samantha Herter - "Watermelon and Frog," The Putney School


Best in show, Margaret Adams - "Campbell's," Leland & Gray

Honorable Mention: Kaya Dean - "Octopus," Brattleboro Union HS; Isabel Duich - "Three Bay Leaves," The Putney School; and Sam Savard - "Thrown Vase," Vermont Academy

Book Arts

Best in show, Margaret Adams - "Encyclopedia Americana," Leland & Gray

Honorable Mention: Mallory Bauer - "Photography Book," Twin Valley HS


Best in show, Emma Durphey - "Reigning Utopia," Twin Valley HS

Honorable Mention: Kayleigh Roberts - "Broken," Brattleboro Union HS; Mavis Eaton - "Sky of Fish," Brattleboro Union HS; Rachel Dyson - "Magical Waters," Bellows Falls Union HS; Kim Lawrence - "Mystique," Bellows Falls Union HS

Brief bios of this year's Judges:

After a 25-year career as a graphic designer working in New York City and Washington DC, Catherine Nunn decided to take her first painting class in an effort to reconnect with the passion and creativity she had in her youth. That first class was an epiphany for her and she has not looked back since. When she felt that luscious oil paint under her brush, she found the medium that was perfect for her. Good composition, flawless draftsmanship, and a total mastery of her medium is what she aspires to.

John S. Dimick is a teacher, runner, coach, and painter. He grew up in Brattleboro and graduated from St. Michael's High School in Brattleboro in 1967. John attended college at the University of Vermont and graduated from UVM in 1972, receiving a teaching certificate in special education and industrial arts. In 2009, he retired from teaching and presently enjoys painting in watercolors and oils.


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