AUBURN — The General Federation of Women’s Club of Maine has announced winners of the Annual GFWC Maine High School Student Art Contest and Club Women Short Story, Poetry and Photography Show. The two-day show was held at the GWFC Maine Spring Convention at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The writing contest was judged by Maryann Kittridge, of Wilton. The first place poetry winner was Deborah Stout of Waldoboro Women’s Club, with a poem named “The Angel Dance”. First place in short story was Jean Lawrence of Waldoboro Women’s Club with a story titled, “Sixty-five Years Ago and Still a Fresh Memory”.

Judges for the contests were Robert Drewal, professional illustrator and art teacher for thirty years and Irene Duplicies, artist and art teacher, both from the Auburn area. Judges selected the three winners on the basis of originality, creativity, design and professional handling of chosen medium. Student High School Art third place winner was Abigail Sladen, a 12th-grader at Gorham High School, with a medium in paper collage. Abigail was sponsored by the Gorham Women’s Club. Second place winner was Gloria Gaeun Oh, a 12th-grader at Foxcroft Academy, with a medium in acrylic. First place winner was Jacob Clark, Gorham High School, with a medium in watercolor and ink. He was sponsored by the Gorham Women’s Club.

Honorable mention went to Maya Ibarguen, a 10th-grader at George Stevens Academy, with a medium in graphite pencil. Maya was sponsored by Castine Women’s Club.

The club women photography first place winner in “The World In Pictures, Color, Living Things” was Tina Anzell from the Skowhegan Women’s Club. First place in both black and white scenes and still life was Nancy Ames from Canaan.

The GFWC Maine accomplished 43 art programs and projects for 2014 with the help of four district president and the club members. An award for Art In The Community Best Narrative report went to the Livermore Falls Women’s Club, Co-presidents Linda Burdo of Jay and Marion Hogan-Posa of Livermore Falls. The club provided the local high school with a mat cutter for the art department and a monetary donation for art supplies. Four district high school student art shows were held to promote art in the communities and encourage students to continue creating art.

GFWC Maine President Marjorie Goodwin selected a watercolor art by Barbara Hathaway to use on her business cards, stationery, club directory and annual meeting programs. The art illustration showed three club women of varying ages, with supporting hands on the shoulders of the next member to show the theme “our past will determine our future,” focusing on preventing elder abuse.

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