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FMS art students showcase talent

Some of the most aspiring artistic talent in Farragut Middle School has been on display in Town Hall and Thursday, Feb. 19, the town of Farragut’s Arts Council honored those young artists by holding the Farragut Middle School Art Reception in their honor.

The Arts Council rotates art shows each year between Farragut primary, middle and high schools.

Bill Nichols, an Arts Council member and head of the art show program, said, “We are just trying to develop young artists in our community.”

Nichols said the program also gives the community the opportunity to see the growth and potential in the students.

“You would be surprised if you look back. They have really developed. You will see some kids who have been in every one of these shows and you will see the maturity and talent as it develops.

“Some of these kids we had in elementary and middle school are now in college pursuing a degree in fine arts,” he added.

FMS art teacher Lana Needham said the show is something both the community and the schools need — especially now.

“Times are hard and we need to keep art in the schools.

“This gives the kids an opportunity to show their work to the community and I think it is a good thing,” she added.

The reception offered refreshments, gave the students an opportunity to talk about their work to their peers, parents and other art lovers and provided an opportunity for the first-, second- and third-place winners, along with the Best in Show winner, to be congratulated by Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford.

The winners also were rewarded with gift certificates to Jerry’s Artarama — $50 for third-place, $75 for second-place, $100 for first place and $150 for Best in Show.

The winners were: Joanda Parchman in third-place, Hannah Drew in second-place, Ian Kiser in first-place and Will Brown took Best in Show.

“Every one of the kids who participated are going to get a certificate of appreciation to recognize that they were in the show and that is important to these kids,” Nichols said.

Ford congratulated all of the students and told them all how he, as an art lover, appreciated their efforts.

“Your contribution to this show is greatly appreciated by the town of Farragut. My wife [Linda] and I are fans of art and we collect.

“Art can really be a major focus of your life and I am sure what you are doing someday will be a part of other people’s lives, so I applaud you for what you are doing,” he said.


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