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Art Toons by Mr. Robert Beatley

Art Toon by Robert Beatley for the Week of 04-12-2021

Hopefully, most of you may have noticed the new creative chalk drawings that were added to our sidewalks in downtown Mooreland.  This time, it was my Senior High (9-12 grade) students that got down on their knees, almost working their fingers to the bone (literally, in a couple of cases) to turn out some more local masterpieces.  Before I get into the winners, I need to handle a couple of matters of business. 

I do not know how I missed this, but I need to both apologize to a young lady, and also need to announce that she, Jessi Purviance, was an especially important member of a Junior High team.  Her team drew the 2nd place prize winner in last week's 7th and 8th grade section of our local chalk competition. Please know, Jessi, that I would never have done that on purpose, and that I hope that this little amendment helps to make that clear.

The second announcement that I need to make is about one of the busiest young ladies I know.  I would like to announce an award winner from Mooreland, in the "2021 Young Talent In Oklahoma Competition".  I received this information last Thursday night and I am thrilled to let everyone know that we had 2 of the top 24 pieces chosen for awards in this prestigious competition.  It is very rare when a small school has students to display in this show (we had 3 students and 4 pieces), let alone place in the top 9 percent (I will check my math on that) of those chosen to be displayed at this website...

We were 1 of only 2 schools in Northwestern Oklahoma to get in the competition, and I believe the smallest.  We have not had a finalist in this competition since Kiana Prather.  It might be noted that we are the only public school in western Oklahoma to have pieces accepted.  Oh, I had two students, Jose Ortega and Addison Stinnett both accepted in the display portion of this show, BUT Cheyenne Kahoe had two pieces accepted for Honorable Mention awards,  out of the 24 top pieces.  I will write more on this announcement for my next Art Toon.  Congratulations, Cheyenne!  Oh, yes before I go, I would like to mention that there were only 3 ceramic or sculptural artworks chosen for the finals, and 2 of those were created by Cheyenne.  Way to go, Girl.

My final announcement is about the High School winners of the 1st Mooreland Sidewalk Chalk Contest. These winner’s artworks will now be entered into the USAO Monte Marte competition in Chickasha.  First place went to Loki O’Leary.  Second place was a tie between Abigail Winn and Shea Eckenrode.  Third place was also a tie between Jose Ortega and Johnnie Cargle.  The Judges' grades were averaged to come up with a final score. Since there were ties, there will be no Honorable Mentions in the High School Division.

Next week, I will cover more about these students and their artworks.  I also hope to be able to write more about the State winners of the Oklahoma Trash Poster.  I will now be signing off for this week. This is Robert Beatley saying, that I hope all of you will have an aesthetic and fantastic upcoming week.

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