The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Fuquay-Varina Woman’s Club (FVWC) and Fuquay-Varina Junior Woman’s Club (FV Jr WC) hosted the annual ARTS FESTIVAL as a joint venture. The 2016 Arts Festival concluded on Sunday, January 24 at Windsor Point in Fuquay-Varina with an exciting array of entries.
Anna Campbell, FVWC Art Chair, headed the annual festival this year. Emily Cox of the FVWC and Brittany May of the FV Jr WC were the proud club Presidents helping to bring our community together! Mayor John Byrne celebrated with a proclamation and words of praise on behalf of the town and community members.
The Literature component of the festival was open to local winners from Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Clubwomen. These entries involved poetry and short stories which were judged locally with all first place winners submitted to the District VI contest. Should they win first place in the district, they continue onto the State Contest level and possibly onto the GFWC at the National level.
Student Literature Winners:
- K-2 Short Story: Isabella Moura (FVES) Lauren Eury (MCES)
- 3-5 Short Story: Isabella Haddon (MCES) Emma Brush (MCES)
- 6-8 Short Story: Jasmine Keller (WLES) Sebastian Lopez (FVM)
- 6-8 Poetry: Tyler Kovicak (WLM) Jordea Burden (WLM)
- 9-12 Short Story: Grayce Mosier (FVH) Sydney Pendergrass (FVH)
- 9-12 Poetry: Camerin Pendergraph (FVH) Matthew Guin (FVH)
The Crafts and Visual Arts components of the festival open to Elementary students and to community artists are only judged at our local Fuquay-Varina area. Participating schools included: Herbert Akins, Ballentine, FV Elementary, Willow Springs, Lincoln Heights, North Harnett Primary Lafayette, and Angier Elementary. Community artists from Windsor Point were welcome entrants, too.
The students, teachers, parents, and friends all enjoyed a wonderful display of “young artistic expression.” The residents of Windsor Point enjoyed viewing the work of their compatriots. All ages: such amazing talent!
Crafts and Visual Arts from middle school, home school, high school, and clubwomen winners progress to the district level. Entries came from Fuquay-Varina Middle, Fuquay-Varina High, Southern Wake Academy, Harnett Central Middle, Harnett Central High, and home school. Both the general woman’s club and the junior woman’s club entered their individual works, too.
Student Arts & Crafts Winners:
- Acrylic: Jade Ward and Haeri Park (FVHS)
- Cassidy English & Bennett Jones (home school)
- Jade Ward’s piece called, “Spoons” garnered BEST IN SHOW.
- Graphite: Alexis Jones and Allyson Gower (FVHS)
- Brooke Honeycutt and Mason Carson (HCM)
- Graphics: Merejo Carter (SWA)
- Pen & Ink: Monique Jones & Haeri Park (FVHS)
- Kara Trimnal and Madeline Langdon (HCM)
- Pastel: Katie Kenney (FVHS) Andelica Hardison (home school)
- Chris Kinney and Robbie Jackson (HCM)
- Colored Pencil: Alyssa Walker and Katie Griffin (FVHS)
- Brook Honeycutt (HCM) and Cassidy English (home school)
- Watercolor: Samantha Vanhoose (FVHS)
- Kara Trimnal and Madeline Langdon (HCM)
- Mixed Media: Maria Aparicio (HCH) Haeri Park (FVHS)
- Cassidy English (home school) and Nykkol Beckwith (HCM)
- Papercraft: Kelly Forazaglia and Blair Hales (FVHS)
- Leann Fortin (FVM) and Bennett Jones (home school)
- Dyecraft: Kaitlyn Hicks (home school)
- Visual Art Sculpture: Haeir Park (FVHS)
Two FVHS student will be competing in music. They must perform classical pieces of their choice of not less than 3 minutes nor more than 5 minutes.
- Boy vocal: Jackson Baldwin Girl vocal: Ariel McIlnay
Grateful appreciation is expressed from the Arts CSP and all clubwomen to these judges: Vicki Powell, Cindy Baddour, Ricky Lipscomb, Randy Bryant, and Beverly Goodwin. Special acknowledgment goes to the teachers who encouraged their students and helped prepare entries for the festival. Without these two groups, a festival cannot come to fruition.
The next level of competition will be the District VI Level to be held at First Baptist Church in Raleigh on February 13. Winners from there will compete on March 5 in the State Festival to be held at Campbell University.