Over 198 elementary, junior, and high school students entered the scholarship contest where judges rated the art on originality, creativity, and artistic elements. The Clay County Schools participating this year were: Clay High School, Fleming Island High School, Keystone Heights Junior High and High School, Lake Asbury Junior High School, Orange Park High School, Ridgeview High School, Seven Bridges School, and St. Johns Country Day School.
The contest, which encourages school art students to create art representative of musical performances in an outdoor setting, was coordinated by Great Hang Ups Gallery of Fleming Island. This year’s judges were Beth Haizlip, artist for the 2007 Jacksonville Jazz poster; Pauline Dickson, artist and art teacher in the Clay County School System for over 30 years; and Dee Roberts, artist for over 40 years and 2015 Jacksonville Watercolor Artist of the Year.
The winning posters in the Senior, Junior, and Elementary Divisions will be on public display at the Clay County Fair in the J.P. Hall Pavilion during the entire fair schedule. These posters, and 30 additional posters ("30 best for the 30th year celebration") will be on display in the art gallery at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts until May 26, 2016, and can be viewed at any time that the box office is open. All student winners will be recognized and presented with prizes on May 28 at the Concert on the Green annual event held on the grounds of St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park.
An Orange Park High School sophomore and student of Ms. Carrie Keene is the winner of the 2017 Concert of the Green poster contest.
"Musical World" by student Adrianna Horne will serve as the event's official poster and be printed on the front cover of the program for the 2017 outdoor event. The May 28th concert event this year will be on the grounds of St. Johns Country Day School. The 30th annual event features local bands, family activities, food trucks and is highlighted by an outdoor concert by the Jacksonville Symphony. The event will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show.
Lauren Hoffman, President of Concert on the Green, stated "Congratulations to Adrianna, to her instructor Ms. Carrie Keene and to Orange Park High School. And thank you to all the students who entered this year's contest, and to the schools that offered them this creative outlet as a way to expand their education. Activities involving art and music encourage students to explore, experiment and problem solve. Artistic and musical pursuits provide us a universal language that can open the door to a world of possibilities."
Capturing second place in the Senior Division was Catherine Drawdy, a junior at Orange Park High School (instructor Carrie Keene), followed by third place winner Savannah Gilreath, a freshman at Ridgeview High School and student of Frances Price. Honorable Mention winners were Bailey Binderim (Fleming Island High School under the art instruction of Michael Green) and Lisette Coll-Roman (St. Johns Country Day School under the instruction of Pam Ayres).
Three eighth graders swept the Junior Division: Alivia Claxton, a student at Lake Asbury Junior High School (instructed by Cynthia Smith), captured first place; Allison Korahais, a student at St. Johns Country Day School (instructed by Beth Korahais), placed second; Emma Lantinberg from St. Johns Country Day School (instructed by Anna Reynolds-Patterson), placed third; and Karah Martin a student at Lake Asbury Junior High School was awarded an honorable mention prize (instructed by Cynthia Smith).
Three students were declared our Elementary Division winners: Ellie Susser, a fourth-grade student at St. Johns Country Day School (instructed by Brianna Gaffey) captured first place and two students from Seven Bridges School were awarded 2nd and 3rd place; Stuart Smith (6th grade) and Bobby Hahn (4th grade), both students of Donna Grasso.
Our "Honoring Military" award winner is Amelia Beaver, a tenth-grade student of Carrie Keene at Orange Park High School.
The jurors for the competition chose two additional awards for this year. To honor the 30th year celebration of Concert on the Green a special award for the 30th Year Celebratory Poster went to James Cloud from Fleming Island High School (instructor, Michael Greene). And a special Jurors Award for Artistry was won by Megan Castiglione of St. Johns Country Day School (instructor, Pam Ayres).