Sunny Skies Brought Crowds, Dollars to 2016 Art in the Square
May 18, 2016 07:52AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Photography by Mike Lewis
This year’s Art in the Square will go down as an artful success. More than 800 volunteers, 96 sponsors and a steady stream of community supporters made it a memorable event for all. Net proceeds are expected to surpass last year’s net revenue of $190,000.
While rain dampened the event last year, this year brought three beautiful days for patrons to experience art, food and all the fun the event had to offer. Ticket tents were busy, selling more than 280,000 tickets. New this year was a craft beer tasting at the Cadillac Ranch beverage tent. Patrons enjoyed the tastings—and were happy to sip on many cold drinks. Sales were up on all beverages.
And when it comes to the centerpiece of the event—the art—this year brought some incredible artists. Awards of Distinction were given to Nobe Babayan (metal), Marvin Blackmore (ceramics), Cindy Capehart (oil), Gary Streter (oil) and Michael Woodard (photography).
The 2016 People’s Choice Winner, Gregory Strachov of Floral City, Florida, says, “This has been a good show. This is my first time at Art in the Square."
Youth Art recognized outstanding student artists that might one day be a juried renowned artist at Art in the Square. The Lone Star Award went to Itze Cuevas, a senior at Westlake Academy, for oil painting entitled “Crepe.”
Katerina Orgunov, a junior at Timber Creek High School, took home first place for her oil painting, “The Weeping Angel.” Noah Andrews, a junior Grapevine Faith Christian, won second place for his oil painting, “Lackluster.” Third place went to Addison Adkins, a senior at Westlake Academy, for the pen and ink on Bristol board, “Veering off the Freedom Trail.”
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