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Grand Lake Fall Festival features art contest

The Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce added an art contest to its 6th Annual Grand Lake Fall Festival this year.

Grand Lake Elementary students’ artwork was displayed at the festival two weeks ago, and the top three art pieces from each grade were awarded ribbons. Community members were also allowed to bid on the art, with half the money going to the student and the rest to the Chamber.

However, they didn’t get displayed for very long after it starting hailing at the festival.



“It was a mad scramble to just try to salvage them,” said Marian Laster, a Chamber of Commerce volunteer who helped organize the contest. “I tried to protect all of them but one or two got a little wet … The weather knocked out our silent auction.”

However, three of the drawings still sold. “I’m sure there would have been more if they could have gotten more exposure,” Laster added.



Grand Lake Elementary art teacher Darrell Woods’ students in kindergarten through fifth grade worked on the project for about a week and a half. Artwork portrayed what they thought fall looks like. Pictures included mountains and coyotes. Students used chalk, colored pencils, watercolors and oil pastels.

The kindergarten class used texture plates for crayon rubbings. The plastic plates have leaf designs that are raised on one side.

“The kids would put the plates under their paper and rub a crayon over the top,” Woods said. “The challenge was to try and put multiple leaves on their paper and make them look like they were over-lapping. The finishing touch was doing a watercolor wash over the top of the paper.

“The crayon works like a resist against the water colors. So the only part that would get watercolor would be the paper without any crayon on it.”

A Chamber of Commerce panel selected drawings to be displayed from each grade, along with all kindergarten projects.

“They were wonderful,” Laster said, calling it abstract art. “I just asked if I could have them all.”

The panel also gave ribbons to the top three pieces.

“They were excited that they were going to get displayed,” Woods said. “I would like to do it again next year for sure. It’s just a matter of how they want to run the Fall Festival. The kids liked it. I would say they would look forward to participating in it again next year.”

Contest winners

Kindergarten

1st: Clay Stanley

2nd: Jacob Phillips

3rd: Elsa Martin

First Grade:

Kodi Campbell

Jonathon Waller

Chris Rosas

2nd Grade:

Morgan Krostue

Dahlia Byles

Lala Norman

3rd Grade:

Payton Phillips

Eugene Cisneros

Jacob Pierce

4th Grade:

Sydney Tarr

Oliver Byles

Torryn Elliot

5th Grade:

Max Leman

Jesse Sidell

Sarah Pierce


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