Area Lions Clubs' contest recognizes student artists


July 08, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AREA LIONS CLUBS have always been known for their generosity and service to the communities in which their members live.

Members focus especially on funding vision research and providing the gift of sight in addition to supporting community needs as they arise. The Lions have a well-deserved reputation for raising and distributing money generously.

Recently, three Lions Clubs in the northwest -- Sulphur Springs in New Windsor, Taneytown and Union Bridge -- decided to become more involved in the education of area youth. They pooled resources to sponsor the Lions' annual art contest for northwest Carroll, held June 10-11 at New Windsor Middle School.

The invitational event was for budding artists from area schools -- Runnymede, Taneytown and Elmer Wolfe Elementary, New Windsor and Northwest Middle, and Francis Scott Key High schools -- and the artwork represented the best from the schools.

During the year, students had displayed artwork, selected by their teachers, at the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County public library. It was from this pool of art that the best work was chosen for the Lions contest and its $100 first-place awards, second- and third-place awards and honorable mentions.

Paul Lynch, a member of the Union Bridge Lions Club, organized the event.

"The purpose of the contest was to recognize artistic talent in the students," he said. "And we wanted to get more involved in the education of kids in this area. Plus, artistic kids don't always get the same kind of attention as athletes, and we wanted to recognize and encourage them."

Another offshoot of the contest will be the awards ceremony in September, when the Lions hold a dinner for the artists and their families. Winning artwork will be on display, prizes awarded, and a speaker will talk about careers in art.

Last year, Brad Justice from Carroll Community College spoke to the winners about career possibilities in the graphic arts.

"Recognizing talent in the kids, and then showing them how they can use it, is worthwhile," said Lynch.

Judges for this year's contest were Barbara Davis, Margaret Bowell and Betty Scharon, who evaluated artwork in the age categories of elementary, middle and high school children.

Elementary division winners were Tyler Linkins, Michelle Hardester, Nick Tarbert and Brandon Eckard, with honorable mentions to Keely Knatz, Tara Doody, Brandy Costas, Ariel Wickham, Kristen Lash, William Greer, Katie Martin and Tracey English.

Junior division winners were John Kerr, Brian Horr, Emily Bertier and Rian Miller, with honorable mentions to Shawn Richetts, Nick Monroe, Daniel Croumas, Sara Bennett and Heather Martindale.

In the high school division, Shannon Kemp won first place and best of show for "Escher Creatives." Other winners included Justin Wantz, Dana Wanionek and Justin Merson, and honorable mentions to Misty Myers, Willy Wagner, Tabitha Yingling, Erica Lyons and Andrew O'Carroll.

Money for the prizes came from Lions Clubs and an anonymous donor.

The Lions would like this project to grow and include more schools and additional prize money. If you would like to become involved, call 410-848-2634.

St. Paul's flea market

It's an event we look forward to each fall: the St. Paul's Lutheran Church flea market and craft fair in Uniontown. It's a day of food and neighborliness, yard sales and crafts.

This year, the event will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at the church, and now is the time to rent a space to sell your attic castoffs or handcrafts.

Spaces rent for $15 and are 20 feet by 20 feet.

"You can pull your vehicle right in and sell from the truck or van," said Elsie Baust, an organizer of the event.

Information: 410-848-6836 or 410-848-9415.

Shopping tips

It's summer, and it's not just the temperatures that are sizzling. So are the sales, as my teen-age daughter and I discovered on a recent trip to the manufacturers' outlet centers in nearby Pennsylvania and Hagerstown.

Not only did we pick up some good buys on summer staples, but learned a clever lesson from those families who shop in the large complexes and want to go their own way, yet need to stay in touch.

They carry walkie-talkies. We overheard husbands and wives making lunch plans, consulting each other about the best bargain on sports shoes, and sharing the whereabouts of the family car.

Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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