The photos below are from the 60th Helen Mears Contest reception last Friday, sponsored by the GFWC Boscobel Woman's Club and the Boscobel Public Library. This year's contest judge, artist John Larsen is shown talking to the 7th and 8th-grade students and parents about their work and the importance of art and creative expression in our lives and culture. Everyone in the community is invited to stop by the library and enjoy the student's work, which will be on display through March 31st.
This year's winners were as follows:
Painting or Drawing Category
First place: "Outside Otter" by Emma Stimpson
Second place:"You're Beautiful Inside and Out" by Brynleigh Frasier
Third place: "Savanna Horizon" by Morgan Richardson
Honorable Mention: "Mother Moon" by D.K. Tyler
First place:"Summer Bonfire" by Jaden Lathrop
Second place: "Big Brother's Dragon Skull" by Naedene Puckett-Heisz
Third place: "The Mysterious Planet of Muricana" by T. Fischer and Nick Jenson
Honorable Mention: The Bison by Travis Kearney
The GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club is again sponsoring the Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest and Exhibit, hosted at the Boscobel Public Library. The 60th annual contest is open to all 7th and 8th-grade students from any private, public, parochial or home school. We invite you to join us in celebrating the creative talents of Boscobel's middle school students! The Helen Mears Art contest is unique to Wisconsin. The goal of the contest is to promote the visual arts within the local community and to offer encouragement to the creative talents of developing artists and students. The Helen Farnsworth Mears art contest participants’ artwork will be displayed at the Boscobel Public Library during the month of March, which is Youth Art Month.
A public awards ceremony and reception will take place at the library on Friday, March 17th at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. At that time winning entries will be honored for first, second and third place in the categories of painting and sculpture. Honorable mention will also be awarded, as will participation certificates for all students whose artwork is represented. This year's contest and judging coordinator is local artist, businesswoman, and past president of the GFWC Boscobel Woman's Club, Lorinda Larson-Dull. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Join our celebration at the library this coming Friday to honor the achievements of the young artists of our community.
Helen Farnsworth Mears was born in Oshkosh on December 21st, 1872. Helen’s first achievement came t the age of 20. Her clay image of a woman and winged eagle entitled “Genius of Wisconsin” was commissioned for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. She traveled to Chicago to chisel the design into a nine-foot piece of marble; the sculpture now stands in the Wisconsin state capital where it can be viewed. Mears continues to be regarded as Wisconsin’s premier sculptor.
Members of the GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club would like to extend their appreciation and sincere thanks to area teachers and their students who are participating in the contest and sharing their talents. Every student's entry is unique and creative in its own way and a diverse variety of work, materials, and themes are anticipated. GFWC Officers and Arts Committee members would like to encourage everyone to visit the library and the art exhibit during the month of March and show your support for the artistic talents of our local youth. For additional information, please stop by or call the library at 608-375-5723.