Visual Art Exchange’s 24th Annual Young Artists Exhibit honored several local artists with awards and a public display of their artwork.
In the high school category, first place was awarded to Jason Palermo of Apex High School for “Soul Bruv.” Rachel Mintel of Cardinal Gibbons High School won second place for “Tactile.” As part of their awards, Jason and Rachel each received the Margot Richter Scholarship. Blair Torres of Cardinal Gibbons was the third place winner in the high school category for “Running Pack.”
Receiving honorable mentions in the high school category were Erica Holmsen of Cary High School, Brittany Jones and Raquez Rouse of Southeast Raleigh High, Laura Frisone of Grace Christian School, Yukari Schrickel and Amanda Buaron of Green Hope High and Erin Morris of Panther Creek High.
In the middle school category, the first-place award went to Alexandra Kansler of The Ravenscroft School for “Arrangement #1.” Tate Russell, also a Ravenscroft student, won second place for “Dog Day Afternoon,” and Jacob Grady of Zebulon Middle school won third place for “Space.”
The middle school honorable mention winners were Samantha Moore of Celebration Christian Academy, Kaitlin Slattery from Ravenscroft, Erin Bower from West Millbrook Middle and Veronica Markey from Ligon Middle.
The students’ work was displayed at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh in November.
Jerry’s Artarama, which co-sponsored the exhibit with the United Arts Council, named its Achievement Award winners in the following categories:
Best painting: Mary Parker of Athens Drive High School for “Self Portrait.”
Best drawing: Ambar Catalan of Panther Creek High for “Renaissance Man.”
Best mixed media: Blair Torres of Cardinal Gibbons High School for “Running Pack.”
Best digital: Charleyah Phill of Southeast Raleigh High for “Worn Down.”
Best sculpture: Alexa Poulton of Panther Creek High for “The Swine Swindlers.”