Community Gathers to Support Youth Division Artists During Hiddenite Arts Reception & Awards Ceremony

On Sunday, March 3, 2019, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center welcomed guests for a reception and awards ceremony honoring participants in their annual Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition Youth Division.  The community gathered in the Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery to express their support for the arts, enjoy light refreshments, and fellowship with artists and friends.

Click on the image below to browse a photo album from the exhibit!

During the reception, first place winners and honorable mention recipients were announced in each category of the Youth Division competition:

Elementary K-2 category first place winner, Cayte Mitchell, honorable mention recipient, Alby Smith, Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center Interim Director, Karen Walker (back center).

K – 2 Cateory

First Place:
Cayte Mitchell

Honorable Mentions:
Alby Smith (2)


Elementary 3-5 category first place winner, Samuel Smith, honorable mention recipient, Logan Smith, Center Interim Director, Karen Walker, honorable mention recipient, Jada Halle, and honorable mention recipient, Kevin Gonzalez.

Elementary 3-5 Category

First Place:
Samuel Smith

Honorable Mentions:
Logan Smith
Lorelei Hill
Kevin Gonzalez
Jada Halle

Middle School category honorable mention recipient, Ellie Woloszyk, first place winner, Sahara Dishman, and Karen Walker, the Center’s Interim Director.

Middle School Category

First Place:
Sahara Dishman

Honorable Mentions:
Julian Sloan
Laura Graham
Addie Byrd
Talyn Adkins
Emerson Horn
Jocelyn Nunez
Cameron Rogers
Ellie Woloszyk

High School category honorable mention recipient, Amber Gilbert, Center Interim Director, Karen Walker, and honorable mention recipient Riley Penley.  

High School Cateory

First Place:
Emma Hackett

Honorable Mentions:
Jasmine Kerley
Riley Penley
Amber Gilbert
Makayla Mays
Emma Hackett

First place winners received ribbons and cash awards, which the Center was pleased to make possible through their funding.

The Youth Division of the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition will be on exhibit in the Lucas Mansion Gallery throughout the month of March. Located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County, the Center is open Monday– Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  All Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Adult Division of the Center’s Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition will be featured in the Lucas Mansion Gallery during the month of April 2019. The deadline for entry in the Adult Division is 4:00 p.m. March 28, 2019.