Students show off award winning art

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Young artists were celebrated Monday at the GumTree Museum of Art.
The Cellular South GumTree Festival awards scholarships to artists from Tupelo and Lee County Schools, and the winners of this year’s art competition were honored at a reception at the museum.
Tupelo High School students Hal Boerner, Rachel Ivancic and Alex Reeves were winners of the Senior Scholarship Awards, along with Saltillo High School student Will Moore.
“We’re having this so people can come and see the results of the competition and so each student can see what they were up against,” said Lee Bryson, who has coordinated the competition for all of its 25 years. She said the artwork has gotten better each year of the competition.
“It’s gotten stronger and stronger each year,” she said.
Boerner, a senior who won a $700 scholarship, submitted both his sculptures as well as his 2D work to the competition.
His sculptures were made out of scrap metal, and he said he could see the finished product in his head before he got to work on it.
He said the money will help him when he attends Western State College of Colorado next year, but he said he still hasn’t picked a major.
“I’m going out there to figure that out,” he said, but “I’ll keep taking art classes.”
Reeves, a senior who won a $100 scholarship in the competition, submitted her photographs.
“It’s really exciting. A lot of the other portfolios looked better than mine,” she said, laughing. “But that’s what this is all about, getting it out so people can enjoy it.”
The awards for the art competition will be handed out on Sunday at the GumTree Festival. The students’ artwork will be on display at the museum until Saturday.
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