Last Sunday, the Tioga Arts Council (TAC), in partnership with the Tioga County Master Gardener Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) presented the En Plein Air Art Show and Sale at Draper Park in Owego.
Now in its 31st year, the event is designed to highlight the talents of artists in and around Tioga County, to underscore the beauty of our community, and to facilitate a meaningful connection between artists and their supporters.
This year they added something new, a Budding Artists program. The purpose is to introduce youth to the arts. The program was funded, in part, by the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers’ Floyd Hooker Fund.
For its inaugural year, there were submissions from 30 children, and over 40 pieces of artwork on display. The Arts Council hopes to continue the program and watch it grow.
The youth were also awarded as follows:
Best In Show went to Miah Barnard, Self-Portrait.
In the age three to five group, Aldon Lohmann earned 1st place and 2nd place.
In the age six to eight group, Jaden Chapman and Grace Ousterhout were awarded 1st place, Everett Benjamin – 2nd place, and Hudson Pyhtila – 3rd place.
In age group nine to 11, 1st place was shared between Cadence Kushner and Aleeyah Lippman; 2nd place went to Jacoby Avery and 3rd place to Logan Avery.
In the age group of 12-14, Molly Jablonowski placed 1st, Nadja Wall placed 2nd, and Kayla Newman placed 3rd.
In the age 15-17 group, Miah Barnard and Lauren Hoffman placed 1st, Nathan Bowers and Alia Joyce placed 2nd, and Emma French placed 3rd.
In the Sculpture group, Olivia Holt placed 1st, Maggie Huizinga placed 2nd, and Alyssa Stephens placed 3rd.
Additional Budding Artist participants included Sasha Brady, Sofia Chapman, Morgan Cole, Jordan Cobb, Abbigail Glazier, Faith Kushner, Bailey Parsons, Rachel Romeo, and Jennifer Scotts.