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Bandera General Store hosts annual art contest

December 14, 2022 - 00:00
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    Contest winners Winners Lena Magoulas (left) with her yarn Christmas tree and brother Theron Magoulas with his 3D Christmas tree happily display their art and gift certificates from the Bandera General Store. BULLETIN PHOTO/.Tracy Thayer
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    Art contest judges (from left) Lynn White, Patricia Moore, and Leigh McCourt confer on their top picks during the holiday art contest at the Bandera General Store last Saturday. Full story on page three. BULLTEIN PHOTO/Tracy Thayer

The Bandera General Store continues in its long running effort to support the Bandera community with a children’s art contest.

Owners Glen McComb and Marcia Kabat sponsored a Christmas art contest for children aged four to 13. The entries were judged at noon on Sunday by locals Patricia Moore, Leigh Mc-Court and Lynn White.

The winners in the young artist category for ages four and five were: first place Eme Mae Smith, second place John Mauldin; and third place Theron Magoulas.

Winners in the ages six through nine category were: first place Lena Magoulas; second place Anthony Wilko; and third place Muriel Holbrook. The age ten through thirteen category winners were: first place Sophia Cammack; second place Jag Smith; and third place Rylee Haywood.

Judge Leigh McCourt commented, “The artists who entered were all very talented. It was tough to judge the entries. They all did great, and their parents should be very proud.”

As smiling visitors stopped by to browse on a Sunday afternoon, the judges carefully studied each entry and then huddled into a group to discuss their picks.

The entries were all colorful, with decorated and thematic pictures of Santa, the Nativity and holiday cheer. All manner of subjects and media were used. Several pieces were in 3D.

One of the winners chose to create a picture of a Christmas tree using yarn and nails on a piece of wood. The most unusual entry was a 3D hanging of a Christmas tree created by one of the youngest artists out of a paper plate. The entries were separated into three categories: ages 4-5, 6-9 and 10-13. The art pieces were judged on originality, choice of composition and materials, and the “Wow Factor.” It was clear each artist had spent a considerable amount of time on their entry.

The store displayed the entries on their front window. The winners of the contest received gift certificates to the Bandera General Store.

First prize was a $75 gift certificate, second prize was a $50 gift certificate, and third prize was a $25 dollar gift certificate.

The winners were displayed on a table at the front of the store for visitors to view and enjoy. Many customers crowded the store to shop for treats and souvenirs for out of state family members.

The Bandera General Store will hold a gingerbread house decorating contest on December 17 and 18. For information on this event contact the Bandera General Store at 830796-4925 for more details.