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Grand Island artists find venue for talent in annual contest
Every year a select group of teens in Grand Island is chosen to make up the Community Youth Council. They're all from different high schools, but together they are one voice. This month, though, their goal is to help others be heard or better yet, seen.
This isn't your world–famous art gallery, the pieces featured here, aren't Picassos.
But they're all worth just as much in the eyes of these teens.
Some of the pictures have just been phenomenal.
They're the members of the Grand Island Community Youth Council.
And this event has become their annual tribute to area artists.
It's called the Create Your Community contest.
In its third year it's grown dramatically—from just 30 entries its first year to 130 in its second.
"We're hoping to reach that number, we're at about 110 right now," said
From a picture of a tractor in a sunset and a black and white drawing of an old barn to an essay about why the city's great. It's not the subject that matters to the students putting on this contest, it's the often overlooked talent.
"You would not imagine how many talented kids we have in this city," said Alisia Rivera.
"A lot of time and talent goes into making any type of art and artistic piece whether it be writing or video or sculpture and we just feel that sometimes those people are overlooked and we favor the athletes," said Garrett Coble.
For 14 year old Jasmine Ott, this contest is a rare chance to show the world her gift for drawing characters like this.
"I think it just looks really cool because it doesn't have very much color, so the little color it has just makes it look really cool against the blacks and grays," Ott said.
And helps this art stand out like these teens are helping the artists stand out.
The cost to enter a piece was $5 and a can of food. All the proceeds will go to Hope Harbor in Grand Island.
And, if you'd like to see the artwork in this year's contest, all the pieces will be on display this weekend at the Conestoga Mall.
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