Fourteen students from Kit Carson School District ages 7th grade through 12th grade competed in the 2021 Otero Arts Festival and brought home some impressive hardware and recognition for their hard work and creativity.
Gabriel Horn is a freshman at Kit Carson whose pen and ink piece entitled, “Butterfly,” won the Fine Arts League Award in the high school division.
Tanner Conaway, a sophomore, won the Best in Show in the high school for his pen and ink drawing titled “Yoda”. He also won a couple of second place ribbons for a glass etching and a pencil drawing.
The students’ created pieces in various mediums including pencil drawing, acrylic painting, oil pastels, printmaking, pen & ink drawing, mosaic art, crayon art, chalk pastels, tempera painting and scratch art.
Kit Carson Art teacher Lois Behrends says, “I’ve been taking artwork to Otero since I started teaching here in 1985. I am very proud of the results this year, but we have always done well at this show. I firmly believe that art is a way for students to create and be themselves. There is no right or wrong in art, just an expression of yourself.”
Sixty-five years ago, the Otero Arts Festival started as an art contest for middle and secondary school students to showcase their artistic talents. The Otero Arts Festival is one of the longest-running events for public school students in Southeast Colorado and is sponsored by Otero Junior College. Over the past several years, the writing, art, music, and theatrical contests have drawn over 2,000 entries annually.
The Otero Arts Festival took place over three days from March 30 through April 1, 2021.
According to Behrends, the pandemic is still affecting some event such as this, “We were assigned times to hang our artwork and take it down. The awards ceremony was done as a virtual event this year.”
Otero Art Show Winners—2021
Fernando Ferrales Honorable Mention Pencil Drawing “Rose”
Von Isenbart 3rd Place Acrylic Painting “Blue Thunder”
Mason Marriott 1st Place Oil Pastels Girl at Twilight
Josiah Irwin Honorable Mention Printmaking “Motorcycle”
Layla McPherson 4th Place Otero Arts Festival
Sullivan Farmer 1st Place Pen & Ink Drawing Cay Fish, Wave Rider
Alex Arroyo 2nd Place Mosaic “Rubber Ducky”
2nd Place Printmaking “Penguin”
Tanner Conaway Best of Show Pen & Ink Drawing “Yoda”
1st Place Pen & Ink Drawing “Yoda”
2nd Place Glass Etching “Navy”
2nd Place Pencil Drawing “Sail Boat”
Tess Johnson Honorable Mention Crayon “Melting Sunset”
Honorable Mention Oil Painting “Beach Sunset”
Honorable Mention Acrylic Painting “Wine Country”
Gracie Rameriz 3rd Place Mosaic “Hearts”
Karlene Butler 1st Place Mosaic “Stepping Stones”
3rd Place Pen & Ink Drawing “Family Heirloom”
Gabby Horn Fine Arts League Pen & Ink Drawing “Butterfly”
1st Place Pen & Ink Drawing “Butterfly”
Payge Rady 1st Place Pencil Drawing “Masculine Beauty”
2nd Place Pen & Ink Drawing “Majestic Giant”
2nd Place Chalk Pastels “Stud”
3rd Place Scratchart “Solitare Rose”
Gracieana Smith 1st Place Pen & Ink Drawing “Horse & Buggy”
Honorable Mention Tempera Painting “Melted Feather”