Forest Lake students did well at the Minnesota State High School League Section 7AA tournament, held at the Hardwood Creek Library on April 26.
But because most of them are also in band, choir or orchestra, the local winners were at Bethel University, preparing for the spring concert that evening, and missed the awards ceremony.
Artists from Andover, Cambridge-Isanti, Chisago Lakes, Cloquet, Forest Lake, Hibbing, Monticello and St. Francis had 120 entries in nine categories: drawing, painting, sculpture, media arts, crafts, print making, ceramics, mixed media/collage and graphic design.
Each entry received either a superior or excellent rating.
The three judges were two teachers, from North Branch and White Bear Lake, and a former teacher who works as a commercial artist.
Forest Lake senior Kayla Adams won one of three judges’ choice awards for her drawing of four round drums with realistic shading and highlights.
Drawings by Kelsey Sarver and Leeah Schuwerck, and a second Adams entry, received awards.
Ashley Thamert received awards in two categories, painting and sculpture.
In media arts, Ellen Heidle (two entries), Maria Manke and Theresa Manke (two entries) received awards.
Awards also went to Chelsie Bethke in prints (two entries) and Janina Motylewsak and Nick Dufresne in ceramics.
New this year, the statewide judges’ choice winners will be displayed at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy. in Golden Valley. The exhibition will be from May 12 to May 19, with a reception at 1 p.m. on May 19.
In past years the exhibition was held at the College of Visual Arts, a private four-year college of art and design in St. Paul, but that institution is closing this spring for financial reasons.