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Children’s Art Contest
April 5 - April 9
The North Carolina Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest is an annual art contest showcasing the amazing artistic talents of the youth in our community. Each year over 300 area public, private, and home-schooled elementary and middle school students, grades K-8, submit their artwork to the contest, illustrating the traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival that mean the most to them. The winning artists in both the Elementary and Middle School categories receive various notable prizes, and the winning schools are treated to a visit from the Azalea Festival Official Artist. The Top 15 entries in each category are exhibited during the Azalea Festival at the Community Arts Center in the Historic Hannah Block USO Building. These artists also receive a complimentary ticket to the April Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (TACT) production.
1st place wins a $100 gift certificate from Learning Express Toy Store for the Elementary category and a $100 iTunes gift card for the Middle School category; 2 tickets to the Children’s Tea for the Elementary category and an Azalea Festival t-shirt for the Middle School category; a print of the Official Artwork, and an assortment of Azalea Festival souvenirs. The winners attend the Governor’s Press Conference in Raleigh to present copies of their artwork and ride in the North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade.
2nd place wins a $50 gift certificate from Learning Express Toy Store for the Elementary category and a $50 iTunes gift card for the Middle School category, a print of the Official Artwork, and an assortment of Azalea Festival souvenirs. Elementary winners also receive a ticket to the Children’s Tea, and Middle School winners receive an Azalea Festival t-shirt.
3rd place wins a $25 Learning Express gift certificate for the Elementary category and a $25 iTunes gift card for the Middle School category, a print of the Official Artwork, and an assortment of Azalea Festival souvenirs. Elementary winners also receive a ticket to the Children’s Tea, and Middle School winners receive an Azalea Festival t-shirt.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category will have their artwork showcased in the North Carolina Azalea Festival Souvenir Book with 7,500 copies distributed free.
Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, excitement is brewing, and art is everywhere! The North Carolina Azalea Festival’s Official Art has been unveiled and is on display, and 440 students from a record breaking 38 public, private, charter, and home elementary and middle schools across the state have submitted their best artistic renderings of favorite Azalea Festival activities to the 8th annual Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest Presented by Coastal Children’s Services. This year’s contest was announced at the Azalea Festival Official Art Unveiling Reception in October 2016 with an invitation to elementary and middle school students to participate. The judging team, coordinated by Co-Chairs Stephanie Kraybill and Miss Greater Wilmington 2010 Brooklyne Williamson, was extremely impressed with the talent, the diversity of ideas, and the creative use of a variety of art techniques that they saw.
The 1st place entry for the Elementary School category, “Blooming Belle,” is a colored-pencil drawing of a beautiful Azalea Belle along the Cape Fear riverfront with the majestic USS North Carolina Battleship standing guard in the background. It was drawn by Olivia Brown, a 10-year-old 5th grade student at Holly Tree Elementary in Wilmington. Olivia says that science is her favorite subject in school because her teacher Mrs. Foreman makes it so much fun. She hopes one day to be a veterinarian and use her science knowledge to discover cures for sick animals. She is also a talented singer, having been selected for the All County Chorus two years in a row and the NC Honors Chorus this year. When not in school, Olivia enjoys jumping on her trampoline and playing with her friends and her border collie Gracie. She spends her spare time reading art books, drawing, and taking art lessons with Carolyn Faulkner’s Young Artists Series. When asked from where the inspiration for her art contest entry came, Olivia answered, “First, from my neighbor who was a Belle and wore the dress I drew, then from my dad who thinks the battleship is so Wilmington, and from me because I really just love azaleas and the sun.” Fact – Olivia has never been to the Azalea Festival. Fact – you certainly couldn’t tell it from her beautiful drawing!
“Antique Azalea” is the 1st place entry for the Middle School category. A tribute to the 70th anniversary of the North Carolina Azalea Festival, it is an exquisite mixed media watercolor painting of multi-colored azaleas superimposed on a parchment letter from Hugh Morton, the President of the very first North Carolina Azalea Festival. The winning Middle School artist is 8th grader Delilah Mills from Cape Fear Academy, also in Wilmington. One of Delilah’s favorite subjects in school is Language Arts because she loves to read, especially books about art mystery and by Blue Balliett. Another favorite subject is history. Delilah enjoys researching and learning more about where she lives. She is an accomplished French horn player and was recently selected for the NC Association of Independent Schools Honor Band. In her spare time, Delilah plays tennis and basketball on the Cape Fear Academy teams, listens to music, and hangs out with friends and her dog Jethro. When asked what inspired her art entry, she replied, “My love of history and my art teacher Mrs. Rojek. She is an amazing teacher!”
Middle School Winners:
1st Place Delilah Mills, 8th Grade, Cape Fear Academy
2nd Place Vyvyan Broadfoot, 8th Grade, Roland Grise Middle School
3rd Place Angela McGowan, 8th Grade, Cape Fear Center For Inquiry
Honorable Mention Sofia Darnall, 7th Grade, Cape Fear Academy
Honorable Mention Caroline Harris, 6th Grade, Holly Shelter Middle School
Honorable Mention Mitchell Spivey, 7th Grade, Noble Middle School
Elementary School Winners
1st Place Olivia Brown, 5th Grade, Holly Tree Elementary
2nd Place Brooke Zub, 5th Grade, Parsley Elementary
3rd Place Marea Bradley, 5th Grade, Carolina Beach Elementary
Honorable Mention Sydney Cortina, 5th Grade, Cape Fear Academy
Honorable Mention Claire Mearns, 3rd Grade, Cape Fear Academy
Honorable Mention Eliza Wood, 5th Grade, Bellamy Elementary
These pieces and the other “Top 50” entries, are on display in the Community Gallery at the Community Arts Center in the Historic Hannah Block USO building throughout the month of April. The artists were honored at an Art Show Opening Ceremony where they received a complimentary ticket to the TACT production, “A Chorus Line,” opening on April 28, 2017, a commemorative coin from the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club, and souvenirs from the Azalea Festival.
2016: Elajandra Torres, Carolina Beach Elementary (Elementary School Winner)
2016: Audrey Mase, Roland-Grise Middle School (Middle School Winner)
2015: Becky Girolami, Parsley Elementary (Elementary School Winner)
2015: Max Brinker, Cape Fear Center For Inquiry (Middle School Winner)
2014: Ruthie Wainwright, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (Elementary School Winner)
2014: Sylvia Atwood, Cape Fear Academy (Middle School Winner)
2013: Margaret Dill, Cape Fear Academy (Elementary School Winner)
2013: Maddie Porter, Cape Fear Academy (Middle School Winner)
2012: Cameron Holmes, Bellamy Elementary
2011: Lemir Moore, Snipes Academy of Art and Design
2010: Katie Girolami, Cape Fear Academy