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Fine Arts News


April 13, 2017

The art team from Bethesda Christian School placed second overall at the TAPPS State Art Championship, held April 4 at the Waco Convention Center.

BCS art instructor Anna Gill stated that the scoring difference between Bethesda and the winning school was only three points. “We have a tremendous group of bright and talented students who took the initiative to study and get their projects completed,” she added.

Ten Ambassadors placed among the top three in their categories.  Ian Ellis took first in Sculpture/Relief for his creation, Taking Flight, while Madeline Parish won the 2D Mixed Media category for Port de Bras in Fifth.  In Art History, a category that requires participants to take a written exam rather than submit artwork, Taylen Day and Landry Harmon placed first and second, respectively. In Communication Design, Jacob Owen finished second for Hoops, while Jaxon Edwards’s Modern Art placed third.

Other third place awards were earned by: Brenna Downey in Fashion/Textile Arts for Spark the Deerwolf;  Abbi Escamilla in Computer-Rendered Art for Color Pyramid; Kati Marchese in Drawing—Black and White for Parading; and Amy New in Sculpture/Relief for Acid Rain.

Other students whose entries placed in each category are:

Drawing—Black and White: Macy Hust, eighth place
Communication Design: Abbi Escamilla, Skin Deep, sixth place
Computer-Rendered Art: Keith Emery, Peeking Over, fourth place
On-site Drawing: Abby Gruenbaum, sixth place
Art History: Madeline Parish, fifth place
Short Film—Narrative: Miranda Rutledge, I’m Fine, honorable mention
Painting: Natasha Bell, Don’t Fence Me In, fifth place; Taylen Day, Ready for My Close-up, eighth place
Fashion/Textile Arts: Abby Gruenbaum, Golden Maiden, fourth place
Photography—Black and White: Amy New, Through the Haze, eighth place; Amy New, Glittering Generalities, honorable mention
Photography—Color: Landry Harmon, Rushing Beauty, fifth place; Amy New, honorable mention, Locks of Love

Mrs. Gill expressed her thanks to the BCS administration for its support of the fine arts program. “I wouldn’t be able to do all that we do with media without the support of our leadership,” she added.

A gallery of the 2017 TAPPS team’s artwork is viewable on the BCS website.


March 31, 2017

Eighteen Bethesda Christian School students placed among the top three in their respective categories at the ACSI Art Contest, held March 23 at Liberty Christian School in Argyle.

Judges awards top honors and Superior ratings to the artwork of 11 students. Their names, along with the titles of their pieces and the categories in which they competed, are:

Leah Skinner—Bright Spirited—Relief Sculpture
Audrey Hall—Holy Family Multicolored—Drawing-Color
Emily Smay—Hummy Hummingbird—Miscellaneous
Audrey Ellis—Massive, Meticulous, Metallic, Metal Man—Miscellaneous
Samantha Burnett—The Birth of Jesus Christ—Relief Sculpture
Ethan Isgitt—Orange Face—Painting (tie)
Miranda Coffey—One Side of Me—Painting (tie)
Grace Blair—Billy Bob—Printmaking
Brenna Downey—Spark the Deerwolf—Fiber Art
Madeline Parish—Port de Bras in Fifth—Miscellaneous
Amy New—Acid Rain—Sculpture

Finishing in second place with Superior ratings were: Grayson Guelker—Prickly Pear-adise—Painting; Stela McNeely—Colorful Coyote—Mixed Media; Natasha Bell—Paradise Divided—Relief Sculpture; and Abby Gruenbaum—Materialistic Joy—Fabric Art.

Third place and Superior ratings were awarded to Chase Harden—Western Boots—Mixed Media; Emerie Jones—Texas Pride—Drawing-Color; and Ethan Isgitt—Longhorn—Drawing-Color.

Other BCS students who achieved Superior, Excellent or Good ratings from judges but did not place at the art contest included: Avery Holdsclaw, Kate Flanery, Bella Gomez, Caitlin Caudle, Olivia Perez, Matheus Minconi, Eli Haddox, Gabe Roberts, Kendra Cunningham, Hailey Clagg, Abbi Escamilla, June George, Keith Emery, Taylen Day, Madison Sanford, and Macy Hust.

BCS instructors for the students are Anna Gill, K-12 art teacher, and Minda Hust, senior school computer graphics teacher.