During “Mingle and Jingle on Commerce, the JAAC Presented the Cherokee Student Art Show.

The Jacksonville Area Arts Council was proud to present the Cherokee Student Art Show. The show was a success. There were 76 pieces of art, and around 90 visitors. Each visitor voted for their favorite in each category.

After the votes were counted in each category, Artist Ben Bolton won first in Elementary, Juan Moon won first in the Middle School category, and Laurie Gentry was presented with Intermediate Award.

Local Artists, our own Carol Meyers, Kathleen Baranek, potter Peggy Eberwien, Maria Skinner, Elizabeth Halpain, and guest artist Laurie Gentry presented their works, as well as the students’ works. Members Janie Barber and JAAC President Debbie Bethard worked to set the show and guide visitors.

Our visitors were delighted by the demonstrations put on by Potter Peggy Eberwien, Oil Painter Carol Myers, and Laurie Gentry. Works of art by Kathleen Baranek, Maria Skinner, Peggy and Dennis Eberwien were on sale.

Students who visited created their on works in the Make It and Take It art table.

And of course, the marvelous art teachers of Cherokee County were the heart of the show. Jacksonville Teachers; Rachael Mann, Emily Murphy, Shaila Pinuelas, Theresa Trantham, and Rusk Teachers; Sarah Frazer, Sherry Matlock, and Carressa Simmons made the show possible.

We would like to thank all art teachers in our area for their unselfish time and energy and creativity.

During last week's Mingle and Jingle, 83 Students from Jacksonville and Rusk Elementary and junior high schools entered art in the Cherokee Student Art Show. In the juried show, more than 80 people visited and voted for their favorite in each category. Ben Bolton took first place in Elementary, and Juan Moon took first in Middle School. Laurrie was awarded first in Intermediate category.