Students express why they fall in love with Athens for art contest

By  | November 20, 2019 | Filed under: News

ATHENS-Decorated windows, harvest time at a local orchard and Christmas events were among the reasons local students love Athens.


The Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission held an art contest with the theme “Falling In Love With Athens” and asked local students to express what they love most about fall and winter in Athens. The Youth Commission received more than 50 entries from elementary and middle school age artists.


One student depicted her family and how the family is looking forward celebrating the holidays for the first time in Athens. Other students painted or drew images of the Christmas Parade, pumpkins at Isom’s Orchard and playing in fall leaves.


Alyssa Gilbert, a middle school student at Athens Renaissance, painted Athens Florist and wrote how she enjoys seeing the decorated windows on her way to school.

Holly Hollman


“Each entry indicated these art students put some thought into what makes Athens feel like home to them,” said Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission mentor Holly Hollman. “It was delightful to see what captures their imagination and interest.”


Youth Commissioners voted and chose 11 entries for display in the Athens City Hall Art Corner.


First place winners are Arabella Parsons of Athens Renaissance for her drawing of Kreme Delite at Christmastime, and Noah Ferrary of HEART Academy at Julian Newman Elementary for his creation that incorporated real leaves to depict that in the fall he likes “to jump in the leaves.”


Other artists on display at City Hall are:


  • Avery Tippee, FAME at Brookhill: Fall Pumpkins
  • Laurel Abney, Spark at Cowart: Playing In Leaves With Mom
  • Brayden Herrod, Spark at Cowart: Athens Winter Moon Tree
  • Carley Kennedy, HEART at Julian Newman: Sipping Hot Chocolate In Winter
  • Anna Chesnut, Athens Middle: Isom’s And Fall Harvest
  • Ivy Bahro, Spark at Cowart: Watching The Athens Christmas Parade
  • Selah Parsons, iAcademy at Athens Elem: Christmas At The Courthouse
  • Reid Williamson, FAME at Brookhill: Fall leaves
  • Alyssa Gilbert, Athens Renaissance: Athens Florist Decorated Windows


The public is welcome to view the Art Corner Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The other art entries are on display at High Cotton Arts in Downtown Athens in the TRAIL Student Studio. The public is welcome to view them during open hours Wednesday through Saturday and during this weekend’s Christmas Open House.


About the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission

The Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission is comprised of 10-12 graders from Athens High, Athens Bible and Lindsay Lane who are interested in learning about local government’s role and their role to be engaged and informed citizens.

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