NEW HOPE, PA — In the 9th Annual Phillips' Mill Youth Art Exhibition, 150 artworks by young people in the community are on display and students were awarded $2,400 in prizes.
Award-winning Lambertville filmmaker and painter Bill Jersey judged the contest across four categories: painting, works on paper, digital art & photography, and three-dimensional works.
A George School senior, Annika Crawford, took the award of "best in show" for her oil painting, entitled "Alton." Jersey said it was "hard to believe a student has done this piece."
He was deeply impressed by the caliber of the students' work overall.
"All the entrants deserve praise," Jersey said, "and all the art teachers who have taught these kids should get applause."
The youth art exhibition is the only one of its size and judging capabilities locally, according to a news release. No entry fees are charged.
"The program was launched in 2014 to support the artistic community of the future, and to offer aspiring artists in our region the chance to gain exposure and experience exhibiting with a prestigious arts organization," said Kathy Schroeher, the exhibition's co-chair.
Normally, the show is open to the public in the historic Phillips' Mill on River Road and works are offered for sale. The show is online only this year due to COVID-19, so no sales will be possible; but you can see all the artworks from right where you sit by viewing the show online through Feb. 27.
Students from 23 area schools had their work featured in this year's show. Click here to view the full list of Awards.
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Banner Artwork: Annika Crawford "Alton" – 2022 Best of Show