Wall High School Scores Three of Monmouth Festival of the Arts Student Art Winners
TintonFalls: The Monmouth Festival of the Arts (MFA) held it annual Student Art Competition and Art Workshops on Sunday, February 3, at Monmouth Reform Temple (MRT), in Tinton Falls, NJ. High school juniors from schools throughout Monmouth County competed in this year’s competition for cash prizes and the right to display their winning work in the 43rd Monmouth Festival of the Arts, which takes place from Saturday, April 13 to Wednesday April 17. The juried art show is one of the premier art events in Monmouth County featuring art in all mediums from over 160 artists.
WallHigh School took three of the eight prizes, with Artemis Tapliga taking first place for her pencil work entitled The Runaway. Second place went to Brandon Nicolas of Long Branch High School for his charcoal self portrait on wood. Wall High’s Bridget Foster took third place for her pencil entitled, Screaming Girl.
Honorable mentions went to: Thomas Contreras of the Rugby School for his digital photo Trapped; Dawn Damiano of Wall High School for her pencil work Double Vision; Victoria Garcia of Red Bank Regional for her ebony pencil Cozy Living; Jillian Milne, who is homeschooled, for her Acrylic Wisdom & Hypnosis; and Caroline Weiner of Inspired Minds Fine Art School for her oil Tu Me Marques.
Participation in the competition was free, and many students also attended two student art workshops that took place while their art was being judged by professional MonmouthCounty artists Patricia Hutchinson, Colleen Lineberry, and Bob Mataranglo. These workshops included “Matting & Framing for the Best Presentation”, by Pen & Ink Artist Dave McGrath and “Calligraphy, The art of beautiful writing,” presented by Mychelle Kendrick, an award-winning artist and calligrapher and WallHigh School art teacher.
The Monmouth Festival of the Arts is hosted by MonmouthReformTemple and is made possible, in part, by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.
MRT has been commended for its support of the arts and art education and is the winner of the Governor’s Award in Art Education.