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Prizes Awarded in YMCA Junior High Art Show

The community's young talent is showcased as part of a partnership with the Northbrook Arts Commission.

Nine winners were picked out of 83 submissions to the first Juried Junior High Art Show held at the North Suburban YMCA. 

On Sunday, Nov. 4., the Y, with help from the Northbrook Arts Commission, hosted artists and their familiies for a reception and awards ceremony. Prizes were given to middle school children who submitted two-dimensional work, including paintings, pencil drawings, pastels and metalwork. 

“We’re very proud of everyone who participated,” said Cathie Winnie, YMCA Visual Arts Director. “It takes a lot of courage and effort to prepare a piece of artwork for a show and have it judged, so I want to commend everyone who submitted.”

During the reception, prizes were presented by Cathie Winnie, YMCA Visual Arts Director, and Julia Miller, Northbrook Arts Commission Chair. The art will remain on display at the main level of the Y until Thanksgiving.

The work was then judged by a veteran, local, art teacher, not affiliated with the Y or arts commission. The judge selected first, second and third place winners from sixth, seventh and eigth grade artists. Cash prizes were sponsored by the Northbrook Arts Commission.

Sixth grade prize winners included Ellie Prober, 1st Place; Laura Chung, 2nd Place; and Natalie Brame, 3rd Place.

For seventh grade, 1st place went to Sara Ulziibayar, 2nd place to Matthew Mar, and 3rd place to Jack Caron.

Eighth grade prizes were awarded to Kaylyn Du, 1st place; Florian Kowalik, 2nd place; and Yeji Ansari, 3rd place.

All participants received a certificate and a free one-week pass to the Y.

The YMCA, located at 2705 Techny Road in Northbrook, offers several art courses for junior high students, including classes in painting, drawing, ceramics and abstraction. For information about upcoming course registration, contact Cathie Winnie, cwinnie@nsymca.org.

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