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Talent on Display
AAUW Art Show tradition continues
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The AAUW organization has presented the art show for many years, giving local students the opportunity to shine a light on their artwork. Show visitors, from left, Fatima, Yoselin and Deisis Perez check out the creativity of the entries.

According to organizers, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Spring Art Show has been sponsored by the club for over 35 years. The show is open to Warren County students in kindergarten through 12th grades with numerous categories for entry.
“We didn’t have any high school artwork this year,” said co-chair Loyce McGregor. “We need to get them involved again and show their creative projects.”
The display of approximately 300 entries can be seen at the Three Star Mall, and will be available for viewing during mall hours through May 15.
Awards were announced recently, with Best of Show going to Warren County Middle School eighth-grader Jackson Everett. His ballerina piece won first in the watercolor, tempera class before being chosen as the Best of Show winner.
He is a student of Ann Hutchins, and was totally surprised with the good news.
“I was astonished when we got the call,” said Everett. “I didn’t even know it was entered because I did it last quarter and forgot about it.” 
The entry features two ballerinas wearing shades of lavender with a vivid green background. When asked about his chosen subject Everett said he focused on two things he liked, the ballet and cool colors.
“I wanted to create a flow through the dresses to get a ripple effect,” said Everett.
Centertown fourth-grader Victoria Powell was inspired by the “Bee Movie” she was watching, and created a large and colorful bumble bee flying in front of a large honeycomb. Her bee was striking enough to earn her a first place and sweepstakes honors in the fourth-grade division.
“I’m particularly good at drawing animals,” said Powell. “And I love art and doing craft projects.”
Kyle Nippers, a student at WCMS, was happy with his fox entry, which earned him a category sweepstake award.
Animals seemed to be a theme with many students, with Morrison kindergartener Ivania Perez drawing and coloring a pic of a leaping horse.
“I do lots of drawing and coloring because it’s fun,” said Perez.
According to McGregor, the group continues to sponsor the show both as a club project and an avenue for students.
“We hope they will continue to participate in the show,” said McGregor. “We do this for them to have the opportunity to share their hard work with the community. The arts are so important, and is sometimes forgotten.”
The American Association of University Women’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  The organization was founded in 1881, and currently boasts a membership of 170,000 and 1,000 local branches.  For more information about the show or AAUW, McGregor can be contacted at 931-668-8403.