Art winners announced

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper

The Caswell Council of the Arts has announced the winners of the ever- popular Caswell County Student Art Show. The show, in its 41st year, features 2D and 3D works from students in grades from K-12 that are residing and attending school in Caswell County. Also, on exhibit are striking digital art works from current students at Piedmont Community College.

These entertaining shows are made possible by a partnership between the Caswell Council for the Arts and Caswell County Schools with generous support from the Womack Foundation. The cultural presence of art has enriched the lifestyles of many local artists with public receptions and membership celebrations.

Denise Burnette, CCA director, commented recently about the latest show: “We work with the art teachers at the various schools, who notify the students and they help get the submissions in on time. We have had the show every year but this year we weren’t sure we were going to do it, so we didn’t make the decision until March. Everything was still up-in-the-air with COVID-19, and we wanted to make sure people could come and see the work.”

She continues, “The students have not been officially notified. They are going to receive their awards at the end of the school year. The article in the Messenger will be the first public announcement of the awards and who has won in their classification. There are cash prizes to go with the awards and they range from $15-$25 dollars each and there’s one award, the Lee Fowlkes Award, that is worth $200!”

The works have been juried and the winners are as follows for each age grouping; K-2, 3-5, Middle School and High School. The Superintendent’s Award represents the “Best in Show”, in its age category. The “Lee Fowlkes Award” (named for the former executive director and long-time curator) is awarded annually to the Bartlett Yancey Senior who has demonstrated the highest level of consistent, overall excellence within his or her school career.

K-2nd grade:

Superintendent’s Award: Alexis Holden-South Elementary School

1st Place-Victoria Piper-South Elementary School

2nd Place-Kengston Dixon-South Elementary School

3rd Place-Devyn Barber-Stony Creek Elementary

3-5th Grade:

Superintendent’s Award-Alyssa Bowers-Stony Creek Elementary

2D Artwork-1st Place-Greidys Rodriquez-Stony Creek Elementary

3D Artwork-1st Place-Ethan Robertson-Stony Creek Elementary

Middle School:

Superintendent’s Award-Brianna Ridge

1st Place-Kelsey Craig

2nd Place-Britany Palacios-Reyes

3rd Place-Ashley Perez

High School:

Lee Fowlkes Award: Jamison Johnson

Superintendent’s Award: Jada Overstreet

2D Art 1st Place-Zoie Ashby

2D Art 2nd Place-Diamonique Currie

3D Art 1st Place-Jamison Johnson

“The Piedmont Community College Digital Art Show is a hybrid exhibit with much of it viewable online at, and some of the entries here at the gallery. It’s a wide variety of media, including software such as Photoshop and Auto Desk Maya. Maya is used to generate 3D assets for film, television, game development and architecture. It can be viewed until May 26 online and in person at CCA,” she says.

The PCC Art pieces are hanging in the hallway between our gallery and the Co-square commercial space. The beautiful new facility has been completely refurbished and re-styled from its days as a neighborhood pharmacy. It is part of a new downtown look that will encourage other businesses to consider locating to Yanceyville.

“After this show finishes, we have another coming in June with two professional artists, Pinkie Strother and her daughter, Stroria Davis, from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, called ‘Cultural Connections.’

The exhibit features the works of Strother and Davis.  Strother’s unique dioramas and paintings tell the story of an African American child growing up in rural Maryland in the height of the Civil Rights Era.  Her work has been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of History and the 2017 Annual Martin Luther King Jr celebration.

Diorama, a 3-dimensional exhibit, often is miniature in scale and frequently housed in a cubicle and viewed through an aperture. It usually consists of a flat or curved back cloth on which a scenic painting or photograph is mounted.

Pinkie creates 3-dimensional depictions of different historical places. She’s actually done one of the famous St. Augustine (St. Agnes) Hospital in Raleigh, which was one of the only places African-American people could go for area medical treatment a century ago,” explains Burnette.

The Student Art Shows continue until May 21 for K-12 art students with the PCC student’s art show closing on May 26. Regular viewable hours are M-W-F from 10 AM until 2 PM with extended viewing hours on Wed., May 12 and May 19 until 7:30 PM.

The beautiful new Council of the Arts Gallery is in downtown Yanceyville at 125 Main St. or can be annexed through the street entrance at 106 Court Square. There is also an on-site boutique of local jewelry.

Online visit or call 336-694-4474 for more information.