UNION — The Union County Arts Council hosted the 2013 Youth Art Show on Thursday evening.
The Arts Council’s gallery, located on Main Street, Union, was full during the annual show, which was sponsored by Gestamp.
The face of this year’s festival was 2012 Union County High School graduate Ana Godinez, who served as the show’s featured artist. Godinez had work shown for three years while she was a high school student.
“We’re very happy that Ana accepted our invitation to be a part of our show this year,” said UCAC President Bennie Giles. “Even though she couldn’t actually compete because she graduated last year, we were looking for someone to be the ‘face’ of the 2013 Youth Art Show and she was our first choice.”
Godinez was born in Hidalgo, Mexico; moved to the U.S. when she was eight years old; and settled in Union just before starting seventh grade. Her art began as a hobby, but she now paints regularly, crediting her high school art teacher Brandi Ketterman as her biggest artistic influence. Godinez is currently working to save money to start classes at Greenville Tech. Her artwork is on display in the front windows of the UCAC gallery.
The judge for this year’s Youth Art Show was local artist and lifelong Union resident Carmen Jeter, who has been an artist for 35 years. She began taking art in the 1970s under the late Rutha Justice, who was a special education and art teacher at Union High School. Jeter also studied portraiture for six years with Valerie Stewart of San Francisco. For the last four years, Jeter has studied watercolor techniques with Larry Mauldin of Spartanburg, whose work was exhibited at UCAC earlier this year.
Around two and a half years ago, Jeter launched an art program at Oakmont for the residents of the assisted living facility. The facility’s hallways are decorated with residents’ paintings, and some of the paintings are sold at an annual Christmas exhibition.
Jeter spoke about her art.
“I like the feeling of accomplishment and the creativity of it,” she said. “I get excited when I paint, and when I do something good, I get up and do a happy dance. If something turns out bad, it usually flies across the room.”
The Youth Art Show was split into two categories — one for grades 6-8 and another for grades 9-12.
Winners for grades 6-8 were Morgan Faucette, first place; Lori Hart, second place; Josiah Bennett, third place; and Justin Henderson, honorable mention.
Winners for grades 9-12 were Kayleigh Duckett, first place; Lauren Poole, second place; Lindsay Murphy, third place; and James Cagle, honorable mention.
Staff Writer Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 29, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.