2012 Westerville Music & Arts Festival Award Winners
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Artists from across the country exhibited their work at the 39th Annual Westerville Area Chamber Music & Arts Festival, held on July 14 and 15 at Heritage Park and Everal Barn. Throughout the course of the festival, over 100 volunteers donated their time in order to make the 2012 Music & Arts festival a success. The festival showcased work from both youth and adult artists, many of whom were awarded for their talent.
The festival included a youth exhibit of 88 students who displayed their work, totaling 205 pieces of artwork. This area of the festival was sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital Westerville Close to Home Center and Roush Honda. All youth exhibitors received a participation ribbon for their work. The 2012 Youth Awards were organized into categories.
The following students were recognized at the awards ceremony Sunday afternoon:
2012 Best in Show
• Budding: Daniel Connor (Pen and Ink)
• Elementary 6–8: Ashley Kiger (Photography– Color)
• Elementary 9–11: MaKenna Hennell (Pastels)
• Middle 12–14: Lauren Todd (Acrylic Painting)
• High 15–18: Laura Erckert (Pencil – Color)
2012 People’s Choice Winners
• Budding: Devin Eby (Pastels)
• Elementary 6–8: Nora McCutchen (Water Color)
• Elementary 9–11: Amy Ramirez (Pastels)
• Middle 12–14: Hannah Kratofil (Pencil Drawing – Black & White)
• High 15–18: Bailey Strick (Charcoal)
The 2012 Adult Division winners were presented with ribbons in three categories: Fine Crafts, Fine Arts and Heritage Crafts. The Fine Arts/Crafts were sponsored by Human Resource Services and the Heritage was sponsored by the Kroger Company.
• Best of Show, Cody Miller, Mixed Media
• First Place, Fran & Barney Cole, Watercolor
• Second Place, Curtis Krueger, Photography
• Best of Show, Steve Brewster, Glass
• First Place, John Paglialungh, Mixed Media
• Second Place, Kathy Sherman, Ceramics
• Best of Show, Ernie Brown, Wood and Mixed Media
• First Place, Gary and Carol Davis, Fine Arts — Handmade Brooms
The Westerville Music & Arts Festival made its first appearance in 1973. Today, the festival is recognized as a Westerville tradition and is anticipated by Westerville community members and non-community members alike. What began with only 50 vendors is now acknowledged to be one of the finest juried arts festivals in Ohio.
The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce provides community leadership and advocacy on behalf of its members. Comprised of over 600 individuals and businesses, the Chamber has served the business community for over 40 years.