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Updated: 02/09/2017 08:30:03AM

51st Country Fair art exhibits

showcase diverse local talents

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Jean Cormier submitted five pictures for the judging in the professional division. All five pieces won a ribbon, some multiple awards.

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There was an abundance of wall art displayed in every medium imaginable from the novice to the professional at the Arts and Crafts Country Fair art exhibit last weekend.

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Kristen Faris handmade this colorful small quilt and won Best in Class, Best of Show and first place ribbons at the 51st annual Aerts and Crafts Country Fair.

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Dreana Compton won several ribbons for her china painting work at the Arts and Crafts Country Fair art exhibit at Lake Placid Elementary School.

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Esther 'Loopy' Lane wasn't clowning around when she made this award-winning refrigerated strawberry jam.

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This hand carved Indian was a favorite among the guests at the 51st annual Country Fair last weekend.

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Sebring High School showed many works of art at Lake Placid Elementary School during the Arts and Crafts Country Fair, including this bright and beautiful Beta fish.

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This beautiful 3D mountainscape was entered by Sebring High School junior Shaelyn Macool.

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Caitrina 'Simpicity' Monaco proves even a hobo can smile when her two quilts went home with ribbons attached to them.

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Shonda Hardy created this charcoal and cardboard mixed media image as part of the art program at Sebring High School.


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LAKE PLACID — The 51st annual Lake Placid Arts and Crafts Country Fair art exhibits shined a spotlight on area talent Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5 at Lake Placid Elementary School.

The adult and professional creations were featured in the cafeteria and student artwork was displayed in the media center.

Every medium imaginable was represented from pastels to jewel tones, woodworking to quilting. Some creations were edible –– in the foods division, that is.

The top winners overall received cash prizes and special ribbons at awards ceremonies Saturday and Sunday from the gazebo at nearby DeVane Park.

Best in Show adults winners were: Anna Eble for arts, in photography Donald Lipps took home the ribbon, Dreana Compton scored big in porcelain, Eileen Tietz impressed the judges in woodworking, Kathi Overton claimed Best of Show in crafts, while Kristen Diefenthaler stitched her way in quilting. Rosemary Fisher sewed her way to the top in needlecrafts, Joanne Rifkin took the spotlight in yarn and cord crafts, Donna Rice baked her way to the top in foods, and Marianne Reason wrote her way to the ribbon in poetry.

Some of the most creative and colorful artwork came from the school age students. Best in Show for the elementary group included Nia Brown in art, and Maya Van Dan for her pot in the clay, ceramics and porcelain division. In foods, Emma Hopper took the ribbon for Libby’s pumpkin roll, and Haile Alvarez’s poem “Tae Kwon Do” won the poetry division.

Middle school children did equally as well with their colorful and tasty creations. Best in Show ribbons were awarded to Emily Marquez for a colorful portrait in art, Nathan Feagley for molding clay into a Statue of Liberty, Allison Brouwer baked her way to the top with chocolate chip pecan cookies in foods, and Meredith Shin won for the powerful prose of “The Sun” in poetry.

High school students would not be outdone and took home several Best of Show ribbons including Juan Delgado’s self portrait in arts, and Theodore Juliano won for Japanese raku vase in clay, ceramics and porcelain. Kyla Hardy’s “Underwater” took top prize in crafts and needlework, while lemon cupcakes with blueberry icing by Emily Brouwer took the cake in the foods category. Carlos Hernandez wrote his way to a Best of Show ribbon with his “Freedom” poem.

Saturday’s guests voted for their favorites in 10 divisions for People’s Choice awards that were announced Sunday.