Daffodil Daze hosts annual art contest

Winners in this year’s Daffodil Daze Art Contest were recently recognized during a reception in their honor at Art on the Green in Conway.

“Art is such an important element of our culture and our society,” said Daffodil Daze Chairman Donna Evans. “And so are daffodil flowers in our parks and along our trails! Both lend beauty and creativity to the world of Conway. I’m so excited that Daffodil Daze offers our students an opportunity to display their talents in this unique contest.”

This year’s contest generated 322 entries from homeschool students as well as schools in Conway (Carolyn Lewis, Julia Lee Moore, Theodore Jones, Ellen Smith elementary schools; Carl Stuart and Phyllis and Ray Simon middle schools; and the University of Central Arkansas), Greenbrier (Eastside Elementary and the middle school) and Guy-Perkins.

“This year’s Daffodil Daze art contest entries did not disappoint,” said Kelly Booy, gallery manager at Art on the Green. “Much like a field of dancing daffodils, each piece had a beauty of its own, but together they were full of impact! Many of the pieces selected showed a high degree of skill and technique for the age division.”

Each winner received a certificate and a First Security bag with FSB prizes and items donated by Moore’s Art Supply, Pineapple Whip, and Brother’s Honey.

Contest organizers Donna Evans (back, left) and Kelly Booy (back, right) with winners: MaKenzie Hogan (front, from left), MaKenzie Collver, Charley Mattingly, Jackson Crow, Jayda Tipton; Maggie Casto (back), Erika Amaya, Camille Lambert, Lexi Hammons, Quinten Koonce and Lauren McHenry. The annual contest is sponsored by Art on the Green, First Security Bank and 501 LIFE. (See photos of the winning art in the June edition of 501 LIFE)

The winners:

Overall winner – Lauren McHenry, UCA.

Budding artist: Jayda Tipton, 10, Guy-Perkins.

Elementary division:

  • First – MaKenzie Hogan, fourth grade, Greenbrier Eastside Elementary
  • Second – MaKenzie Collver, third grade, Greenbrier Eastside Elementary
  • Third – Charley Mattingly, third grade, Julia Lee Moore Elementary.

Honorable mention: Keelee Churchwell, third grade, Theodore Jones Elementary
Creative winner: Jackson Crow, Ellen Smith Elementary

Middle/junior high/high school division:

  • First – Maggie Casto, seventh grade, Greenbrier Middle School
  • Second – Erika Amaya, seventh grade, Carl Stuart Middle School
  • Third – Camille Lambert, seventh grade, Carl Stuart Middle School

Honorable mention: Lexi Hammons, sixth grade, Carl Stuart Middle School

Creative winner: Quinten Koonce, sixth grade, Carl Stuart Middle School

The contest was sponsored by Art on the Green, First Security Bank and 501 LIFE.

“The judges had a tough time naming winners as there were so many great submissions,” said 501 LIFE editor/publisher Sonja J. Keith. “We want to thank Art on the Green and First Security Bank for their support of the contest.”