2015 Congressional Youth Art Competition Winners Announced

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Eight young artists have been selected as winners in the annual Congressional Art Competition which is on display in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston through April 6. The exhibition is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts (WVDEA) and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH).

On Tuesday, March 3, Cabinet Secretary Kay Goodwin of the WVDEA welcomed guests, and Deputy Commissioner Caryn Gresham of the WVDCH, Aaron Metz, representing Congressman David McKinley, Fred Joseph, representing Congressman Alex Mooney and Michael Chirico, representing Congressman Evan Jenkins presented first-place awards to Boku Kondo of Ravenswood High School, Ravenswood, Jackson County; Brooklyn Lily of Pike View High School, Princeton, Mercer County; and Brooke Shull of Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, Harrison County. The first-place winners received a $100 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials and their work will represent West Virginia in the annual Congressional Art Competition for art students.                                                                                           

An additional five second-place winners received awards including Brooke King of Ripley High School, Ripley, Jackson County; Lauren Lyons of Grafton High School, Grafton, Taylor County; Megan Matt of Huntington High School, Huntington, Cabell County; Eleanor Paybins of Capital High School, Charleston, Kanawha County; and Michaela Swiger of Lincoln High School, Shinnston, Harrison County. Second-place winners received a $50 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials.

The Congressional Art Exhibition consists of 75 pieces by 70 students, grades 9-12, from 11 West Virginia counties. Artworks in the annual exhibition were selected from a statewide competition.

All winners were selected by Laurie Goldstein-Warren of Buckhannon. She has worked and studied extensively in watercolors and her work has been shown nationally and internationally, as well in regional venues. She is a member of nine watercolor societies and has been included in publications by North Light Books.

Goldstein-Warren led a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, “Techniques of Working With Watercolors.” Students learned about paper, brushes, paint and various techniques. She also helped students create their own original abstract watercolor piece.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual-art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. The competition is sponsored by members of the United States Congress and culminates in a year-long exhibition at the United States Capitol building.

A complete list of students whose work is included in the exhibition is below.

For more information, contact Cailin Howe, exhibits coordinator for the division, at 304.558.0220 x 128, or email her at .

2015 Congressional Art Competition Participants

Art Teacher: Belinda Thobois

Zeke Poore (Grade 10)
  Texture Still Life - Graphite and Pencil

Britney Wilson (Grade 12)
  Pine Cone Collage - Torn Paper

  Art Teacher: Pamela G. Lake
  Daniel Frame (Grade 12)
  Wolfiki - Collage

Ashlee James (Grade 12)
  American Beauty - Colored Pencil

Laura Lake (Grade 12)
  Autumn Water - Oil paint
  Just Me - Oil pastels

  Art Teacher: Diana Frazier

Erica Budd (Grade 11)
  Snow on the Limb - Photography

Isaac Carpenter (Grade 11)
  January Sunset - Photography

Heather Childers (Grade 11)
  Dragonfly at School Pond - Photography

Jordan Christian (Grade 12)
  Water Drill - Photography

Breanna Clark (Grade 10)
  Snowball - Photography

Austin Cooper (Grade 10)
  Morning Rain - Photography

Kayla Crawford (Grade 11)
  November Skies - Photography

Destiny Johnson (Grade 10)
  Tree Branch - Photography

Drew Lauhon (Grade 11)
  West Virginia B&W - Digital Photography

Megan Matt (Grade 10)
  B&W Sunflower - Photography
  Second Place, District 3

Tanner McCoy (Grade 11)
  Snowy Morning - Photography

Emily Payton (Grade 12)
  New River - Photography

Ian Simms (Grade 11)
  Rising Star - Photography

Tianna Slash (Grade 11)
  Hills of Fog - Photography

Bonnie Thomas (Grade 12)
  Tree - Photography

  Art Teacher: Carolyn Light

Erika Hayhurst (Grade 10)
  Savannah in Red - India ink and acrylic paint

Erin Huffman (Grade 10)
  Who I Have Become - Charcoal, Prismacolor
        colored pencils, paper

Allison K. McIntyre (Grade 10)
  Reach - Graphite and Prismacolor colored pencils

Meredith Robinson (Grade 12)
  Summer Dreams - Mixed media

Brooke Shull (Grade 11)
  Garden of Heathen - Alcohol ink on panel
  First Place, District 1

Michaela Swiger (Grade 12)
  Morning Light - Clay board
  Second Place, District 1

  Art Teacher: Katherine Crim

Chayanna Beverly (Grade 12)
  Shout it from the Roof Tops - White line block print

Jada Bisset (Grade 12)
  Which Came First? The Tortoise or the Egg -
       Collage, cut paper

James Crim (Grade 12)
  From Dusk Until Dawn - Photography

Brooklynn Lehosit (Grade 11)
  Infinite - Pen and ink

Alyssa Shanholtz (Grade 9)
  Never-ending Shadows - Graphite

Bailey Spears (Grade 11)
  Deer in a Forest - Marker, watercolor,  salt

  Art Teacher: Patricia Anderson

Shally Bailes (Grade 12)
  Beans - Watercolor

Alissa Givens (Grade 11)
  Bagged Object Study - Prismacolor

Boku Kondo (Grade 12)
  Self Portrait - Acrylic
  First Place, District 2

Caleb Marcellais (Grade 10)
  Wild at Heart -Pen and ink

Hailey Miller (Grade 12)
  I Can’t Bear It - Paper

Taylor Nuzum (Grade 11)
  Ashton Irwin - Pen and ink

  Art Teacher: Debbie Sisson

Kylie Anderson (Grade 11)
  Nail Polish -Acrylic

Ariana Buckley (Grade 9)
  Sky Wheel - Photography

Kristy Canterbury (Grade 12)
  I See You! - Photography

Sydney Casto (Grade 9)
  Baron,  The Hungry Horse - Photography

Allyson N. Davis (Grade 11)
  Games We Play - Photography

Brooke King (Grade 11)
  Spellbound - Pen and ink
  Second Place, District 2

Kendra Sheets (Grade 12)
  A Study in Black and White - Charcoal

  Art Teacher: Christy Pennington

Gretel Toloza Alvarez (Grade 12)
  The Horse of My Dreams  - Oil

Bethany Ansel (Grade 11)
  I’m Looking At You! - Pen and ink

Kayla Barbazette (Grade 11)
  We the People - Pencil and colored pencil

Nicholli Matheny (Grade 12)
  The Sea Goat - Watercolor
  Let’s Get Tentacle - Acrylic

Eleanor Paybins (Grade 12)
  Stay Dreaming - Charcoal and chalk pastel
  A Challenger? - Charcoal and chalk pastel
  Second Place, District 2

Ambria Scott (Grade 12)
  Oppressive Goldfish - Oil pastel
  Happy Birthday - Oil Pastel

  Art Teacher: Deborah Pierce

Tiffany Bartram (Grade 12)
  Pink Rose - Colored Pencil

Sabrina Chapman (Grade 10)
  Untitled - Colored ink pens

Peyton Dolin (Grade 11)
  Louise - Graphite
  Enchanted - Graphite, acrylic paint

Jennifer Oxley (Grade 12)
  Black Umbrella - Colored pencil

Jacob Stevens (Grade 12)
  Rooster - Oil

  Art Teacher: Debra Moore

Hannah Inman (Grade 12)
  Cubistic Portrait - Oil Pastel

Cherith Marcum (Grade 12)
  Furpig - Collage

Katelyn Stuckey (Grade 10)
  Love Has No Color - Mixed media, collage

Lexi Yost (Grade 12)
  Color of Fun - Mixed media

  Art Teacher: Karen Adkins

Haley Hensley (Grade 11)
  There’s Beauty in Everything - Mixed media

Hannah Swartz (Grade 12)
  Books Are Their Own Art - Mixed media

Abigail Triplett (Grade 9)
  Connection - Mixed media

Sarina Vance (Grade 12)
  Snow Day - Acrylic

  Art Teacher: Linda Elmer

Sabrina Morris (Grade 12)
  Monochrome in Blue - Pencil and colored pencil

Abby Ott (Grade 12)
  Crystal Ball - Photography

  Art Teacher: Susan Parrish

Danielle Lavender (Grade 12)
  Broken Pieces - Oil

  Art Teacher: Katrina Runyon

Brooklyn Lily (Grade 12)
  Candle Tree - Mixed media
  First Place, District 3

  Art Teacher: Pam Thompson

Lauren Lyons (Grade 12)
  Flight  - Pencil and colored pencil
  Second Place, District 1

Victoria Willett (Grade 11)
  Woken - Pencil


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Publishers Weekly best-sellers for week ending March 01, 2015:


1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)

2. “Prodigal Son” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

3. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)

4. “Mightier than the Sword” by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin’s Press)

5. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press)

6. “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler (Knopf)

7. “Obsession in Death” by J.D. Robb (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

8. “Private Vegas” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)

9. “Double Fudge Brownie Murder” by Joanne Fluke (Kensington)

10. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (Doubleday)

11. “Motive” by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine)

12. “The Whites” by Richard Price (Henry Holt and Co.)

13. “Trigger Warning” by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow)

14. “Crash & Burn” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton Adult)

15. “Saint Odd” by Dean Koontz (Bantam)


1. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed)

2. “The 20/20 Diet” by Phil McGraw (Bird Street Books)

3. “Future Crimes” by Marc Goodman (Doubleday)

4. “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande (Metropolitan)

5. “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

6. “Girl in a Band” by Kim G’ordon (Morrow/Dey Street)

7. “Effortless Healing” by Joseph Mercola (Harmony)

8. “Bold” by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler (Simon & Schuster)

9. “The Food Babe Way” by Vani Hari (Little, Brown)

10. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler (Dey Street Books)

11. “Money: Master the Game” by Tony Robbins (Simon & Schuster)

12. “Goddesses Never Age” by Christiane Northrup (Hay House)

13. “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald (Grove)

14. “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy” by Mike Huckabee (St. Martin’s Press)

15. “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen (Rodale)


1. “One Wish” by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA)

2. “The Target” by David Baldacci (Vision)

3. “American Sniper” (movie tie-in) by Chris Kyle (Harper)

4. “Close to Home” by Lisa Jackson (Kensington/Zebra)

5. “Missing You” by Danielle Steel (Dell)

6. “The Immortal Who Loved Me” by Lynsay Sands (Avon)

7. “Power Play” by Danielle Steel (Dell)

8. “A Real Prince” by Debbie macomber (Mira)

9. “The Longest Ride” (movie tie-in) by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

10. “The Tempting of Thomas Carrick” by Stephanie Laurens (Mira)

11. “The Heist” by Daniel Silva (Harper)

12. “The City” by Dean Koontz (Bantam)

13. “Private L.A.” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Vision)

14. “The Apple Orchard” by Susan Wiggs (Mira)

15. “Stormy Persuasion” by Johanna Lindsey (Pocket)


1. “American Sniper” (movie tie-in) by Chris Kyle (William Morrow)

2. “Invisible” by James Patterson and David Ellis (Grand Central Publishing)

3. “Still Alice: A Novel” (movie tie-in) by Lisa Genova (Pocket)

4. “Mean Streak” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)

5. “The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book” by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough (Clarkson Potter)

6. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (movie tie-in) by E.L. James (Vintage)

7. “Unbroken” (movie tie-in) by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)

8. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown (Penguin Press)

9. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)

10. “The Girls of Mischief Bay” by Susan Mallery (Mira)

11. “Inspiralized” by Ali Maffucci (Clarkson Potter)

12. “Wild” (movie tie-in) by Cheryl Strayed (Vintage)

13. “The Art of Having It All” by Christy Whitman (TVGuestpert)

14. “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman (Moody/Northfield)

15. “The Matchmaker” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown/Back Bay)

‘Chappie’ Tops Slow Weekend, ‘Unfinished Business’ Tanks

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Neither a hyper-intelligent robot nor Vince Vaughn could save the box office this weekend, which is down 38.5 percent from the same weekend last year, according to Sunday estimates from box office firm Rentrak.

While Neill Blomkamp’s R-rated “Chappie” might have taken the No. 1 spot in its 3,201 theater debut, its modest $13.3 million gross is hardly anything to celebrate. It’s a career low for Blomkamp, whose previous films “Elysium” and “District 9″ debuted at $29.8 and $37.4 million, respectively.

Distributor Sony remains optimistic about its $49 million film about a police robot (voiced by Sharlto Copley) that learns how to think and feel.

“It certainly opened in our realm of expectations for it for the weekend,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution. He noted that the demographic breakdown of 60 percent male and 57 percent under 30 was good for the film.

Sony and its subsidiaries have released all three of Blomkamp’s films. “I certainly believe, like Neill’s other movies, that it’s going to have a really strong multiple, and we’re going to come out fine on the movie,” Bruer said.

The R-rated Vince Vaughn comedy “Unfinished Business” fared even worse, opening at No. 10 to a dismal $4.8 million. The $35 million film about a chaotic European business trip also stars Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson.

In its second weekend in theaters, Will Smith’s “Focus” fell an estimated 46 percent to take second place with $10 million, bringing its domestic total to $34.6 million.

“These are not exactly world class numbers,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak’s senior media analyst. “This is two weekends in a row where we’ve seen original R-rated movies just not resonate with audiences with ‘Focus’ last weekend and ‘Chappie’ this weekend.”

One bright spot was Fox Searchlight’s retiree comedy “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” which opened in third place with a strong $8.6 million from 1,573 locations.

“It’s one of the very rare instances of an indie sequel. You normally don’t see that,” Dergarabedian said. The PG-rated film, which reunites Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, will be expanding to about 1,800 screens next weekend.

The first film was somewhat of a sleeper hit in 2012, grossing $46.4 million domestically on a budget of $10 million.

Holdovers “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” rounded out the top five with $8.3 million and $7 million, respectively.

“This is the proverbial calm before the storm. We’re still on track for a massive, record-breaking year. But there are going to be a lot of casualties along the way, and we’re seeing that right now,” Dergarabedian said.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Chappie,” $13.3 million ($13.7 million international).

2. “Focus,” $10 million ($17.7 million international).

3. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” $8.6 million ($5.6 million international).

4. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” $8.3 million ($17 million international).

5. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” $7 million ($9.6 million international).

6. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” $5.6 million ($17.7 million international).

7. “McFarland, USA,” $5.3 million.

8. “The Lazarus Effect,” $5.1 million ($700,000 international).

9. “The DUFF,” $4.9 million.

10. “Unfinished Business,” $4.8 million ($2.6 million international).


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:

1. “Jupiter Ascending,” $25.3 million.

2. “Big Hero 6,” $19.6 million.

3. “Focus” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” $17.7 million each.

4. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” $17 million.

5. “American Sniper,” $14.6 million.

6. “Chappie,” $13.7 million.

7. “From Vegas to Macau II,” $10 million.

8. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” $9.6 million.

9. “Wolf Totem,” $9.5 million.

10. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Paddington,” $5.6 million.

Movie Review: ‘Steak (R)evolution’

Franck Ribière likes his steak rare — and not just the temperature to which it’s cooked.

The French producer’s debut as a documentarian, “Steak (R)evolution,” travels to Argentina, Japan, Sweden, Scotland, Canada and other countries in search of the world’s best beef. Ribière finds it at small farms where breeds of “heritage” cows are treated with great respect, getting sake massages, listening to Mozart and enjoying other indulgences. Along with celebrity French butcher Yves-Marie le Bourdonnec, the filmmaker grills farmers and chefs on their views of the changing industry and the secret to producing perfect meat — which, of course, the duo eat on camera, relishing every perfectly pink, umami-laden morsel.

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Cultural preferences emerge: Japanese butchers display their beef with fat on, while the French prefer to hide it. Argentines like ribs; Americans like rib-eye. Spaniards eat cows that live as long as 15 years, while the proprietor of New York’s Peter Luger Steak House could hardly imagine eating a cow older than three. And at London’s Hawksmoor restaurant, pity the chef who, holding a very expensive piece of meat, laments, “English people, unfortunately, like it well-done.” The documentary even stirred controversy in Europe: After le Bourdonnec said in the film that British beef is better than French beef, he was booted from his country’s butchers’ federation.

The meat in “Steak (R)evolution” isn’t what Americans typically eat. The film acknowledges environmental concerns about beef production, and while factory farming is denounced, it is never pictured in this overlong and occasionally repetitive film. Neither is the slaughter of cows, although, with all of the shots of butchery and beef carcasses hanging on hooks, vegans may see the movie as something of a snuff film.

Through Ribière and le Bourdonnec, you learn to read a steak like a book: blobby fat means the cow gained weight quickly; thinly marbled fat is more desirable, indicating weight that came “low and slow.” The meat is supposed to be the most beautiful thing in the documentary, but I found myself more drawn to the lingering shots of shaggy cows, silhouetted on European mountainsides, with their tousled bangs blowing in the wind.

Home cooks may even get a few pointers from the chefs, some of whom are Michelin-starred, and who pop up throughout the film to grill and broil. But unlike many food documentaries, the cooks get second billing. “Steak (R)evolution” leaves viewers with this tasty morsel of advice: If you want to eat a great steak, you need to find a great butcher.

★ ★ out of ★ ★ ★ ★

Unrated. Contains nothing objectionable. In French with subtitles. 110 minutes.

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