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January 11, 2016
Granbury High School art students recently won top honors at the 2016 Star-Telegram Stock Show Art Show, with one student taking home the top individual prize.
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Daniela Cortes won Grand Champion honors for her painting “Heels & Jewelry.”  Using acrylics, she created a work featuring four pairs of colorful, vibrant cowboy boots, an ode to her mother’s love of Western fashion.  Cortes won the blue ribbon, a belt buckle, and a scholarship presented by Guns and Roses Committee member Demar Sciuto.
“I’m very proud and pleased to see Daniela receive the Grand Champion award,” commented GHS art teacher Mike Tabor. “As a result of our good showing last year, we were fortunate enough to be able to send a few students to the Western Art Academy at Shiner College in Kerrville. Daniela was one of them. She has worked really hard since then to keep growing as an artist.”
Stock Show Art Show  
In 2015, fellow art student Nicole Kallemeyn won the grand champion award.
Collectively, the GHS students won the Best High School award for their art portfolio fitting the competition’s theme of Western Art that expresses the spirit and semblance of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo or North American Western Culture.
“I think the portfolio we sent this year was about as good as we’ve ever sent,” Tabor said. Our students are not western artists. They’re just artists trying to find their voice. I’m lucky enough to have students that can work in any genre.”
The award marks the twenty-first win for GHS in the last 25 years with this being the fifth year in a row. “I am always happy to win, but, in all fairness, we don’t enter to win. Our kids are just that good,” Tabor quipped.
Contributing toward the portfolio were Bailey Baxter, Bailey Bitner, Gabriella Cortes, Emilee Edwards, Darby Hammond, Nicole Kallemeyn, Gabriella Nunn, Hannah Rau, Emily Richmond, and Vanessa Sandoval.
Tabor, a noted local artist outside of his teaching duties, also won the high school teacher award.  “I was raised around the Stock Show. It was a big deal to my family,” he told the Star-Telegram. “So when I started teaching art I knew I wanted to get the kids involved.”
GHS students also placed in the 3-D division with Rachel Barrow winning sixth place and Luis Perez in seventh.
The competition, which was part of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, was judged by art professionals from the North Texas area.  The art will be displayed at the Stock Show through January 15.
Photos by Paul Moseley/Star-Telegram
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