KALIDA — When Katherine Boisvert, a Pandora-Gilboa senior, entered Kalida High School Sunday, she had no clue on how she did at the Putnam County Art Show.
Organizers couldn’t reach her on Saturday to let her know she won a “Best of Show” award for her work, “Loonaverse,” a colored pencil drawing.
“I’m really happy. I put seven months of work into it. I started in late August and I finished it a few days before the show,” she said.
Boisvert also played the clarinet in the Putnam County Honors Band, which performed in the gymnasium during the Sunday event.
The overall event is sponsored by the Putnam County Educational Service Center and partially funded through the Ohio Arts Council.
“This day is a celebration of the arts for all of our Putnam County students. It’s a gathering for all of the talent in our community and in our schools. The art show features our Kindergarten through 12th-grade artists, and the teachers select pieces that they would like to display for the community and the students have a chance to earn some ribbons, awards and basically showcase their artistic visual talent through the visual arts here,” said Melissa Basinger, a curriculum coordinator for the Putnam County Educational Service Center.
Putnam County’s top musicians also performed.
“It’s, unfortunately, something that’s not recognized enough, and this is a great opportunity for them to come and spend a day with other musicians who really want to push and challenge themselves. There’s a lot of our schools that have fairly small music programs. It’s a great opportunity to work with music professionals, to be challenged, pushed and learn from these guys for kids that are really interested in the music arts,” said Gary Herman, a curriculum coordinator for the Putnam County Educational Service Center.
Those winning Best of Show Awards in the Art show were Abigail Koester and Grace Fischbach from Fort Jennings; Molly Baumgartner and Katherine Boisvert from Pandora-Gilboa; Abi Reyna, Renae Schroeder and Cody Ellerbrock from Miller City-New Cleveland; Megan Schulte from Kalida; Chase Basinger and Erin Duling from Ottawa-Glandorf; and Sierra Prowant, Angel Brzozowski and Macy Collier from Continental.
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