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.
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.”
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
“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
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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