By Kathy Eastwood (USMA West Point, Public Affairs)January 25, 2016
WEST POINY, N.Y. (Jan. 25, 2015) -- Two hundred and eighteen youths entered the 13th annual Fine Arts Festival art competition at the West Point, U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services, Middle School Teen Center, Jan. 8.
The Fine Arts Festival is hosted by West Point Youth Services and The Boys and Girls Club of America's Fine Arts Program.
The Youth Services annual Fine Arts Festival is an integral part of The Boys and Girls Club of America's Fine Arts Program. The program encourages artistic expression as well as cultural enrichment among youths from the ages 6-18. The annual Arts Festival allows youths to showcase their work and there is potential to have their art exhibited regionally and statewide.
"There are different categories and age groups from 6-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18," West Point Child Youth Program Assistant Nicole Lewis said. Lewis also runs the Fine Arts program at the Middle School Teen Center. Categories include multicolored drawing, monochromatic drawing, oil/acrylic, watercolor, pastels, collages, mixed media and group projects.
"Competitors compete against all posts and the competition is open to all," Lewis said. "Winners of today's competition will go to the regionals; winners of the regionals will go into the state competition."
A total of 13 won on the individual levels and age groups. In addition, Jeffrey Moody and Kylie McCrory won for their group project.
• Age 6-9-- Aidan Collins for multicolored drawing, Thomas Hutchinson for oil/acrylic, Aidan Parker for watercolor, Paul Moody for pastels, Cora Rogers for collage and Abigail Smith for mixed media.
• Age 10-12--Mary Kate Stasevich for multicolored drawing and monochromatic drawing, Pekina Matautia for oil/acrylic and mixed media and Grace McIntyre for watercolor.
• Age 13-15--Marie Gregory for monochromatic drawing and mixed media and William Moody for oil/acrylic.
• Age 16-18--Hassan Stewart for oil/acrylic and watercolor.
Pekina Matautia entered a couple of categories as well as entertained on piano and vocals. "I love to draw and I draw at home," Matautia said. "I also enjoy playing the piano. I'm self-taught."
Judges for the competition were Greg Suchanyc, marketing assistant, Brian Szeli, community services supervisor, and Nicole Lewis, child youth program assistant. Youth musicians were Pekina Matautia on keyboard and vocals, Spenser Edson and Justus Crow on saxophone, Bryce Prairie on Trombone, Hunter Prosperie on trumpet and Lucas Wender on bongos.