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Banner winners recognized for artistic work

The Mineral Area Council on the Arts, along with the city of Farmington, took time to recognize and show appreciation to the 50 young artists whose work now adorns the city’s sidewalk’s as part of the “Art Blooms in Farmington” Banner Design Contest during a reception at the Farmington Public Library on April 12.

“We were so excited about getting the winning artists together,” said Danielle Basler the council’s executive director. “We wanted to show our appreciation and recognize them as well. We also wanted them to know how much this means to the city to have their art work on display here in the city’s historic area.”

Marking its third year, the banner contest continues to grow, offering an artistic outlet for students from kindergarten to seniors in high school.

“We had a really good turnout this afternoon, but more importantly, we had a tremendous amount of submissions – over 500 pieces of art work from children in the St. Francois area,” said Kurt Bauche, the council’s president. “It is very exciting to have so many entries in just the third year, and to know the city stands behinds this project in displaying the art through the summer.”

According to Basler, the first year for the project there were 22 banners and in 2016, 40 banners were displayed. This year, the project added 10 more banners.

“The project has been growing every year,” Basler said. “Hopefully, it will keep growing until Farmington runs out of light poles.

With this year’s theme of “Up, Up and Away,” MOCOA wanted to see how things that float, fly and occupy the sky could inspire the artist’s imagination. Many of the banner designers really took to the theme heart and pushed their artistic abilities.

For 8-year-old Cayman McIntyre, a third grade student from Farmington, her inspiration came from her own family.

“My dad and Grandpa wanted to be an astronaut when they were little,” McIntyre, “So I decided to do a rocket ship.”

According to her mother, Courtney, when Cayman was impressed when she heard her grandfather had actually applied to NASA when the space organization was seeking teachers.

One of the more interesting banners along Columbia Street, also inspired by real life, is the Flying Pig banner created by 14-year-old Bella Randolph of Arcadia Valley.

“I raise pigs and show them at the St. Francois County Fair,” Randolph said. “I also like the expression, ‘When pigs fly,’ so I thought it was perfect for ‘Up, Up and Away’.”

When the banners are taken down later this year, the city has generously agreed to give each artist their individual banner for a keepsake.

For the third straight year, the Mineral Area Council, in conjuctin with the city of Farmington, is displaying banners from the Art Blooms in Farmington Banner Design Contest on the light poles in the down town district. This year, the city streets play host to 50 banners.   

For the third straight year, the Mineral Area Council, in conjuctin with the city of Farmington, is displaying banners from the Art Blooms in Farmington Banner Design Contest on the light poles in the down town district. This year, the city streets play host to 50 banners.   

Decorating the streets of downtown Farmington, the Art Blooms in Farmington banners will hang until this fall.  

Decorating the streets of downtown Farmington, the Art Blooms in Farmington banners will hang until this fall.  

Cayman McIntyre stands near the light pole with her spaceship banner inspired by her father and grandfather's desire to be astronauts.  

Cayman McIntyre stands near the light pole with her spaceship banner inspired by her father and grandfather’s desire to be astronauts.  

Bella Randolph's banner of the flying pig just demonstrates how much she loves the little animals. When she is not designing banners, the 14-year-old from Arcadia Valley is raising pigs to show at the St. Francois County Fair.  When asked if she had a chance of having her banner picked, Randolph thought as much of a chance as pigs flying. 

Bella Randolph’s banner of the flying pig just demonstrates how much she loves the little animals. When she is not designing banners, the 14-year-old from Arcadia Valley is raising pigs to show at the St. Francois County Fair.  When asked if she had a chance of having her banner picked, Randolph thought as much of a chance as pigs flying. 

Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or at cvaughn@farmingtonpressonline.com

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