Students gain recognition at the annual Midsouth Art Fair


Maadhu Krishnan

Anahis Luna (11) is with her watercolor piece, which won first place in the Midsouth Art Fair competition. The piece depicts Luna’s younger cousin.

Five White Station art students received awards at the yearly Midsouth Art Fair, which took place in the last week of Sept.

“From the Midsouth Fair, there are judges that come and review the pieces that the teachers chose to be displayed,” said Anahis Luna (11). Luna won “Best in Show” as well as first place in the overall competition.

“It’s nice, it’s good to get recognized for what you do,” Luna said.

Luna has been doing watercolor portraits throughout the summer and used these techniques for her winning piece, which depicts her younger cousin.

“Things like the fair are great opportunities for art students to get their art out there in the world,” Luna said

Sophie Floyd’s (11) colored pencil piece placed third overall in the art fair.

“I never thought I could get a reaction out of my art,” said Floyd. “I was surprised when I learned that I had won, but also full of joy.”

Charles Berlin, advisor of White Station art classes, selected both Luna and Floyd’s work to be submitted for the competition.

“The importance of these art competitions is that students get a chance to showcase their art and make their art known,” Berlin said.

Berlin and other art teachers were responsible for selecting art pieces from students, and these art pieces will advance to competition.

Overall, the winning students gained recognition for their work from the competition

“Competitions were never really in my mind,” said Floyd. “I never thought winning was a possibility.”