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Test EDUCATION Jan. 10, 2012: Atelier Hosts Student Art Show

Students from Great Falls School of Art hold second annual show.

Artist Begoña Morton and her children Miriam, 8 and Thomas, 11, in front of her paintings “Message Bottles” (top) and “Portrait of Livia” at the Great Falls School of Art. Morton won an honorable mention for both paintings and second place in the adult category for her painting “Nautilus” Saturday, Jan. 7 at the school’s second annual show.

Artist Begoña Morton and her children Miriam, 8 and Thomas, 11, in front of her paintings “Message Bottles” (top) and “Portrait of Livia” at the Great Falls School of Art. Morton won an honorable mention for both paintings and second place in the adult category for her painting “Nautilus” Saturday, Jan. 7 at the school’s second annual show. Photo by Alex McVeigh.

— While preparing for the Great Falls School of Art’s second annual show, Director Ben Cheshire ran into one problem.

Student Winners

The following students of the Great Falls School of Art were recognized at the school’s second annual show Saturday, Jan. 7.

Adult Category

First Place- Lori Wiseman, “Green Scarf”

Second Place- Begoña Morton, “Nautilus”

Third Place- Mary Beth Gaiarin, “Persimmons and Copper Pot”

Honorable Mentions

Begoña Morton, “Portrait of Livia”

Begoña Morton, “Message Bottles”

Nancy Keane, “Ahmed’s Pitcher”

Youth Category

First Place- Delaney Jones, “High Tech Girl”

Second Place- Vicky Wang, “Human Eye Profile”

Third Place- Katie Ledford, “Carly”

Honorable Mentions

Cormac Goodwin, “Hen”

Amrita Sahu, “Cat Mask”

“I came in a few days before the show to label everything, and I thought the artists who have studios here had taken up the walls,” he said. “That’s how high quality their work is.”

Students from the school, which is taught at the space on Walker Road known as the “Artists’ Atelier,” showed off their best pieces Saturday, Jan. 7 at the school’s annual show.

Vicky Wang, 16, has been taking classes at the school since October, and won second place for her painting “Human Eye Profile Study.” Wang says she enjoys the personal experience she gets from teachers at the school.

“There’s only two students in my class, so you get a lot of attention,” she said. “They’ve really helped me develop.”

Begoña Morton won three awards, two honorable mentions, and second place in the adult category for her painting “Nautilus.” Morton has been a student for two years, and she says it’s good to have such a vibrant art community in a small town like Great Falls.

“I got a late start in art, I was an economist in Brussels for years. Art was always something that was with me, and now I feel so lucky to be able to do something that’s my passion,” she said. “I’m thankful for the teachers, especially Jill Banks, this is as much her prize as it is mine. We’re lucky to learn from artists who are professionals, and they give everything they have to the students.”

This was the second major show from the school, which held one last year. Banks, one of the teachers and a painter herself, says she hopes this will be part of an upward trend for the school.

“Last year was the biggest event we had, and this year the art has improved a lot, and hopefully it will continue to,” she said.

The winning styles ranged from everything from oil paintings to manga. More information on the school can be found at www.greatfallsfoundationforarts.org.

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