Texarkana usually has a few youth whose artistic talents shine in the “Young Arkansas Artists” exhibition organized by the Arkansas Arts Center each year.
This year three Arkansas High School students get the honors as honorable mentions in the exhibition, according to an Arkansas Arts Center press release out today. They are ninth grader Brandon Edwards for the piece “Sarah,” tenth grader Carli Hemperly for art titled “Behind the Mask,” and twelfth grader José Diaz for the work “Wisdom with Age.”
All three were selected as one of two statewide “honorable mention” winners for their grade level by judge Blaine Caldwell (a University of the Ozarks art professor), which is quite an honor.
Works are on display at the “Young Arkansas Artists 50th Annual Exhibition” starting Tuesday. The exhibit, which features art from youngsters from kindergarten through twelfth grade, runs through April 17 at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. Typically a selection of works, including local art pieces, comes to the Regional Arts Center as part of a state tour.
Texarkana should be proud of its young artists. Kudos to Brandon, Carli and José.
- Aaron Brand
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