Young artists recognized for original art about ‘love’

Young artists recognized for original art about ‘love’

The winners of the first Young Hearts project are joined by Miami-Dade School Board member Dr. Larry Feldman; Abena Robinson, president-elect of the Dade Art Educators Association; Giselle Delgado, director of Christ Fellowship’s Art Ministry, and Katy Stalfus, co-director of The Artisan Lounge.

Christ Fellowship recently launched the Young Hearts art project to provide an opportunity for young local artists to express themselves through the arts and showcase their work at an art exhibition hosted by the church.

Earlier this month, more than 90 students from five local schools submitted an original artwork representing what it meant to them to “love a neighbor, a friend, or the community.” The artwork was judged by a panel of well established artists as well as other local community personalities, and winners were selected based on creativity, message and execution.

All the participating artists were then invited to an awards ceremony and art reception at the church’s Palmetto Bay campus on Apr. 5. More than 150 people attended the reception where the winners were announced and received gift cards to Jerry’s Artarama store, and an opportunity to exhibit their artwork at The Artisan Lounge in Downtown Miami. The Dade Art Educators Association was also on hand to honor the recipients of the Renay Rossi Award.

Elementary School Honors: First place, Natari Lyles, fifth grade, Caribbean Elementary, Mow a sick neighbor’s lawn; second place, Cameron Davis, third grade, Caribbean Elementary, Rabies Shot; third place, Jazmin Gallichan, third grade, Caribbean Elementary, Crayon Scracthoff; honorable mentions, Samarra Frazier, fourth grade, Caribbean Elementary, and Jocelyn Zuñiga, second grade, Caribbean Elementary.

Middle School Honors: First place, Danielle Yablonka, seventh grade, Southwood Middle, Open up your heart; second place, Kyarah Aguayo, eighth, AP Mays Conservatory of the Arts, Help me get back; third place, Natalie Carolina Loria, seventh, Southwood Middle, Faith, Hope, Love; honorable mentions, Kayla Hinchey, seventh grade, Southwood Middle; Tiffany Ma, sixth grade, Southwood Middle; Natalia Fernandez, seventh grade, Southwood Middle; Sashi Cayard, eighth grade, Southwood Middle; Isabelle Diaz, seventh grade, Southwood Middle, and Nandy Perez, eighth grade, AP Mays Conservatory of the Arts.

High School Honors: First place, Ramiro Castillo, 10th grade, South Dade High, What I can offer; second place, Joe Corona, ninth grade, South Dade High, Loving Hands; third place: Fayeza Malik, 12th grade, Coral Reef High, City of Love; honorable mentions, Ariyana Vicks, 10th grade, AP Mays Conservatory of the Arts; Victoria Monforte, ninth grade, South Dade High, and Brittney Martin, 10th grade South Dade High.

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