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Draw Pierce City winners announced

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Four winners were named in the Draw Pierce City 2010 contest on Friday. Eaton Baleigh, Jacob McDonald, Ragan Blinzler and Melanie Leavitt are the winners of this year's contest, which has been held annually since January 2003.

Draw Pierce City was created by Historic Pierce City (HPC) in 2002. Kalen Thomas was named the first winner at HPC's annual meeting in January 2003. Thomas' depiction of the bandstand and downtown buildings was featured on T-shirts and prints that were sold after the May 2003 tornado damaged Pierce City's historic downtown.
The drawing contest for students in the Pierce City School District was continued by HPC through 2009 with an adult category added in 2006. The Pierce City Arts Council took charge of Draw Pierce City this year, with the permission of HPC, when it learned the group did not plan to hold the contest in 2010.
Retired Pierce City art teacher Richard Kutz was called on to judge the contest by Becky Golubski, director of the Pierce City Arts Council. One of winning drawings features the Lawrence County Bank Building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Kutz recalled staying with his grandmother when she lived on one of the upper floors of the building. In fact, he could recall something related to growing up in Pierce City from each of the winning entries.
Eaton Baleigh, winner in the kindergarten through third grade category, drew a railroad crossing. Kutz felt the subject was one anyone in Pierce City could relate to as most residents have had to wait at a crossing for a train to pass. Baleigh's drawing was done in colored pencils, and Kutz said many of the students who chose that medium used color well and had some great ideas. Kutz noted a detail of another winning drawing showed the "Eat" sign on the front of Freda Mae's Restaurant. The sign used to hang in front of the Spic N Span Restaurant, which Freda Mae's owners Scott and Lynette Rector had remodeled prior to the May 2003 tornado.

Jacob McDonald and Ragan Blinzler were both declared winners in the fourth through sixth grade category. Baleigh, McDonald and Blinzler will each receive a certificate and a check for $25. Melanie Leavitt, as the winner of the high school division, will receive a certificate and a check for $50. There was no adult winner as no entries were received in that category.

High School winner Leavitt's drawing depicts children playing near the creek in South Park with St. Mary's Church in the background.

"I remember hunting crawdads in the creek," Kutz said.

Aside from bringing back memories of his childhood, Kutz labeled the colored pencil drawing as very well done. "The sky in this is just awesome," he said. "The use of perspective in this is excellent as well," Kutz added.
Kutz also had kind words for Central Elementary School art teacher Laura Still. All of entries received in Draw Pierce City 2010, except for Leavitt's, were created by Still's students.
Thinking about how art has always been a part of Pierce City's history, Golubski said, "One thing I love about art is that it reflects history and history reflects art."

The purpose of the Pierce City Arts Council is to promote the arts in Pierce City.

Past participants of Draw Pierce City from 2003-2009 are asked to contact Golubski regarding a future exhibit of their art.
For information regarding Draw Pierce City or the Pierce City Arts Council, contact Golubski at 417-489-3041 or by e-mail at beckygolubski39@yahoo.com.

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