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Kate Newton, a fifth-grader at Mount Ayr Elementary, has been selected as the overall statewide elementary winner in the Youth Art Month competition sponsored in March by the Art Educators of Iowa Association.
Youth Art Month is a nationwide celebration and exhibit of student artwork. Students kindergarten through 12th grade may participate.
Mount Ayr and Bedford art teacher Diana Fisher, a member of Art Educators of Iowa, nominated 10 pieces from Bedford and 10 pieces from Mount Ayr Three of the Bedford pieces and Kate’s winning entry were ultimately selected to appear in the show.
Winning artwork pieces are displayed at the Iowa YAM Show, Iowa Governor’s Show, and at the National Art Educators Association in the Youth Art Month Museum. There are also prize categories sponsored by the vendors. Blick Art Materials is Iowa’s major sponsor.
Kate was recognized in her art class on Thursday, April 22 for her accomplishment.
Her work is in the “virtual” show, and she received several art supplies from Blick Art Materials.
Kate’s work resulted from a lesson her class did on Sandra Silberzweig, a Canadian contemporary painter of Visionary Outsider Art. Sandra has synesthesia, a condition in which there is a crossing of the senses. For example, she hears colors and sees music. Mrs. Fisher uses this lesson to teach diversity, art concepts including abstract portraits.
“It is a ‘no fail’ lesson for all students,” said Fisher.
Kate is the daughter of Sarah and Jeremy Newton and granddaughter of John and Betty Newton, all of Mount Ayr, and Bob and Carol Anne Galloway of Kellerton.
John Newton taught high school art in Mount Ayr for several years.