Norton team wins MCC Paint-In; MHS’ Ariana Pierson wins Best of Show

Norton Community High School's winning Paint-In entry
Friday, April 14, 2023

Artists from 19 area high schools competed in McCook Community College’s annual Paint-In competition Friday at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

This year’s theme was “Invention, Industry, Progress.” The Paint-In was judged by North Platte Community College art instructor Richard Haneline.

Teams had three hours to plan and create their art. Norton Community School’s Team No. 1 placed first, McCook’s Team No. 2 was second with “Evolution.” Hitchcock County was third with “Invent, Think, Change.” Norton’s Team No. 2 received honorable mention for their mural “The Future Is Bright.”

Also announced Friday were the 28 winners of the Paint-In exhibition with more than 280 pieces of art displayed in seven categories at the Wrightstone Fine Arts Gallery for the past two weeks.

McCook High School senior Ariana Pierson, received best of show for her prisma color on panel piece titled “Asher.”

This year’s paint-in involved teams from: McCook, Southwest, Wallace, Medicine Valley, Chase County, Brady, Hitchcock County, Ogallala, Arnold, Norton Community, Dundy County, Perkins County, Lexington, Maywood, Southern Valley, Arapahoe, Decatur Community, Wauneta-Palisade and Cambridge.

Here are the winners of this year’s Paint-In Exhibit:

PAINTING – 1. Bailey Hidy, “Taking Flight,” Hitchcock County; 2. Maddie Doyle “Buckskin Mare,” Maywood; 3. Pedro Reynoso, “Deluxe,” Lexington. Judge’s Choice: Gewn Quintana, “Kitchen Counter,” Norton.

DRAWING – 1. Mackenzie Clydesdale, “Jesus,” Norton; 2. Joee Clevenger, “Duke,” Chase County; 3. Candice Lundquist, “Life on the other side,” Southwest High School. Judge’s Choice: 1. Jett Gillen “Snow Bison,” McCook.

PRINTS-PRINTMAKING – 1. Robi Winder, “Trans is Holy,” McCook; 2. Haley Thomas, “Printed Magnolias,” Southwest High School. Judge’s Choice: Maria Lopez-Campos, “Green,” McCook.

MIXED-MEDIA – 1. Kallie Ferzein, “Zac,” Southern Valley ; 2. Mackenzie Clydesdale, “Polly,” Norton; 3. Payton Nelson, “Wrangler,” Dundy County. Judge’s Choice: Dylan Hawks, “Zendeya,” Norton.

POTTERY – 1. Jill McArthur, “Sussy Friends,” Hitchcock County; 2. Keira Wasenius, “Belle of the Ball,” Southern Valley; 3. Litzy Beltran “Polar Bear,” Lexington. Judge’s Choice: Mackenzie Clydesdale, “Salley the Sloth,” Norton.

THREE-DIMENSIONAL/SCULPTURE – 1. Hailey Vigil, “Mushu,” Lexington; 2. Jeremiah Huntley, “Sir Piglet,” Cambridge; 3. Sophia Alfayo, “Bean Bag,” Wauneta Palisade. Judge’s Choice: Joel Miller “Aluminum and Stone,” McCook.

DIGITAL AND PHOTOGRAPHY – 1. Aryanna Maret, “Digital Portrait,” McCook; 2. Rob Manning, “The Bat," Norton; 3. Ashton Wheeler “Jack Wheeler,” Wauneta-Palisade. Judge’s Choice: Asher Long, “Definitely not a Cult,” McCook.