344 elementary, junior, and high school students entered the 2020 Concert on the Green Poster Competition where judges rated the art on originality, poster quality, creativity, and artistic elements. The Clay County Schools participating this year were: Clay High School, Clay Hill Elementary School, Coppergate School of the Arts, Fleming Island Elementary School, Hillside Arts Letter Academy, Lake Asbury Elementary School, Fleming Island High School, Lake Asbury Junior High School, Orange Park High School, Orange Park Junior High, Middleburg Elementary School, Lakeside Junior High, Rideout Elementary School, Ridgeview High School, S. Bryan Jennings Elementary, Seven Bridges School, Wilkinson Junior High, and St. John's Country Day School.

The contest, which encourages school art students to create art representative of musical performances in an outdoor setting, was coordinated by Ms. Carron Wedlund of the Art Guild of Orange Park and sponsored by The Art Guild of Orange Park.  A special thanks to John Woods Professional photographer for providing professional photos of all artwork on a digital file.

The winning posters in the Senior, Junior, and Elementary Divisions will be on public display at the 2020 Clay County Fair in the J.P. Hall Pavilion. The winning posters will be on display in the art gallery at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts (date to be announced), 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 24 at the Concert on the Green annual event held at the bestbet at 455 Park Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073.

The winning artwork for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in Sr. High, Jr. High, and elementary grades and 3 Honorable Mentions in each grade division, 1st and 2nd place and two honorable mentions for the "Honoring the Military" division, as well as artwork submitted by 30 additional students, specifically chosen by the competition judges for merit, will also be on display at the Orange Park Library during the month of July.

- Senior Division -

Taylor Hillyard, a sophomore at Orange Park High School and student of Ms. Carrie Keene is the winner of the 2020 Concert on the Green poster contest.

Taylor's art, titled "Symphonies Overlapping", will serve as the event's official poster and be printed on the front cover of the program for the 2020 outdoor event. The May 24th concert event this year will be on the green of bestbet located at 455 Park Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073. The 33rd 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.

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 a universal language that can open the door to a world of possibilities.

Capturing second place in the Senior Division was Emma York, a Junior at Orange Park High School (instructor Ms. Carrie Keene), followed by third place winner Zoe Marshall, a sophomore at Orange Park High and also a student of Ms. Carrie Keene.

cog art 1st place Sr. High (2)

1st Place:

Taylor Hillyard
"Symphonies Overlapping"
Grade: 10
Orange Park High School
Art Teacher: Carrie Keene

cog art 2nd Sr. High

2nd Place:

Emma York
"Ribbons & Strings"
Grade: 11
Orange Park High School
Art Teacher: Carrie Keene

cog art 3rd place Sr. High (2)

3rd Place:

Zoe Marshall
"Colorful Classic"
Grade: 10
Orange Park High School
Art Teacher: Carrie Keene

- Junior Division -

The Junior Division was represented by four of Clay County's junior high schools.  Ryleigh Anderson, a student at Wilkinson Junior High (instructed by Ms. Nicole Pistorius), captured first place; Jasmianna McKerlay, a student at Wilkinson Junior High (instructed by Nicole Pistorius), placed second; and Emily Harris, from Lake Asbury Junior High (instructed by Ms. Cynthia R. Smith), placed third.

cog art Jr. High 1st

1st Place:

Ryleigh Anderson
"The Color of Music"
Grade: 8
Wilkinson Junior High
Art Teacher: Nicole Pistorius

cog art 2nd place

2nd Place:

Jasmianna McKerlay
"Mind of Music"
Grade: 8
Wilkinson Junior High
Art Teacher: Nicole Pistorius

Emily Harris, 3rd Place Jr. High, Lake Asbury Jr. High, 8th Grade, "Mural of Expression" Teacher - Cynthia R. Smith

3rd Place:

Emily Harris
"Mural of Expression"
Grade: 8
Lake Asbury Junior High
Art Teacher: Cynthia R. Smith

- Elementary Division -

The Elementary Poster Award winner
was Railey Barron.  Riley is in the 6th grade at
Clay Hill Elementary School and she
is a student of Ms. Lisa Fiore.

1st Place Railey Barron "Music Vibes"
Clay Hill Elementary School
Teacher: Lisa Fiore

2nd Place Hana Hutsell "Musical Notes"
St. Johns Country Day School
Teacher Anna Reynolds-Patterson

3rd Place Finn Kent "Instruments of Color"
St. Johns Country Day School
Teacher: Anna Reynolds-Patterson

- Honoring the Military -

Catherine Guerrero, an 8th grader at
Wilkerson Jr. High School captured
1st Place Honoring the Military Award.
Catherine is a student of Ms. Nicole Pistorius.

Madeline Culbreth a 5th Grader at
St. Johns Country Day School took 2nd place
Teacher Anna Reynolds-Patterson

- Honorable Mention Winners -

Honoring the Military:
HM Amylee Grever, Lake Asbury Jr. Hi., 8th, Ballad of the Bald Eagle Art Teacher Cynthia R. Smith
HM Carter Pickett, St. Johns Country Day School, 8th, Music for the “Soul”diers, teacher Anna Reynolds Patterson

HM Kaylee Brown, Fleming Island Elem, 6th, Dancing Tiles, T-Lori McDade
HM Rachel Bilbray, Seven Bridges School, 4th, Trumpeting a Celebration, T-Donna Grasso
HM J.C Harward, St. Johns Country Day School, 4th, The Old Guitar, T-MaryBeth Allgaier

Jr. High:
HM Shy Cecile, Wilkinson Jr Hi, 8th, ‘The Music of a Morningstar’, teacher Nicole Pistorius
HM Mary Uccio, Lake Asbury Jr Hi, 8th, ‘The Cat Quartet’, teacher Cynthia R. Smith
HM Tera Minsch, Wilkinson Jr Hi, 8th, ‘Music Wonderland’, teacher Nicole Pistorius

Senior High:
HM Abby McGinn, O.P H.S., 10th, - Euphony Sound, teacher Carrie Keene
HM Chelsea Adams, O.P H.S., 10th -Strings, teacher Carrie Keene
HM Maggie Lin, O.P.H.S., 11th, - Flow of Music, teacher Carrie Keene


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