The center was open Saturday to let the community peruse talent by budding artists. Refreshments were served and people milled about, discussing their favorites.
The winners were announced in the afternoon and winning artists had a check waiting. Although not all those who placed were able to attend, third place was awarded $25, second place $40, first place $50. There were two sets of ribbons for first, second, and third place: for the high schools and for the middle schools. There was only one Best of Show, giving the winner Aubrianna Keeler bragging rights to the tune of $100.
Judy Busath with the Williams Community Center Association dreamed up the Art Show, which has taken place for six years. Busath hopes that the cash prize will be an investment in the growing talent.
“I’m hoping the money that the kids get today, that they use it for their education, hopefully it’ll be art, but at least education” Busath said.
Audrey Aragon was one of the first place winners for her mixed media drawing titled, “A Colorful Mind.”
Aragon utilized different materials and lessons from her art class.
“At first I was just drawing a girl drinking tea, so I did some tape, and I have an art class and we learned the zen tangles, so I used that between the gaps,” Aragon explained.
The premise she was hoping to show was that no matter how someone looks ordinary, their mind is always colorful. Aragon said is thinking ahead to her future, and is considering studying to become an animator or a comic book artist.
Although Busath created this exhibition for Colusa County students, she doesn’t take credit.
“It’s the teachers that make this a success because if the teachers didn’t have the students do the art, then we wouldn’t have this, Busath said. “They’re the ones that need all the credit.” ■