Written by Cassandra Hepburn-Callis –
NORTH FORK – On Saturday, June 9, Public Coffee House (PCH) had its first Youth Art Gallery Opening and Art Competition. Ten youth artists, ranging in age from 8 to 17 years old, competed in various forms of visual art .
We saw some amazing artwork from our mountain youth and were impressed with their creativity! The judges were having the hardest time deciding who the first place winner would be since that artist would win $100.
Then a surprise happened. Rabbi Shlomo Menkes, Director of Camp Gan Israel West, said he wanted to sponsor a second place winner, which prompted the four judges to sponsor a third place winner. Of course, this brought more anticipation to all the artists involved.
Our four prestigious judges were Abstract Artist & College Art teacher Lindsey Preciado-Weaver, Abby Lovell, Dave Jones and Beth Baker pictured on the left:
Our 2nd place winner was 16-year-old Sage Brock who won the $50 sponsored by Rabbi Shlomo Menkes. This is one of the pieces he submitted called “ArchAngel Michael”
And our 3rd place winner was 9-year-old Olivia Rich who won $30 (all her artwork sold and we weren’t able to capture any images of her work). She created acrylic paintings of flowers on pieces of wood.
We want to thank you all for coming out and supporting our local mountain youth artists which I truly believed encouraged them to continue to pursue their creativity!
We will have another Youth Art Gallery Opening toward the end of summer.
For more info please contact us at Public Coffee House: email@example.com.