March 29, 2017
Anthony Middle School eighth-grade student Elizabeth Martins’ artwork, “Best Friends,” won first place in the Bayou City Art Festival Direct Energy Middle School Art Contest last weekend.
March 29, 2017—Anthony Middle School eighth-grade student Elizabeth Martins won first place in the Bayou City Art Festival Direct Energy Middle School Art Contest, held March 24-26 at Memorial Park.
For her winning piece of artwork, titled “Best Friends,” Martins spent many hours bringing an image from her family heritage to life with pencil, colored pencils and oil pastels.
Elizabeth Martins, Anthony eighth-grade student, and Brad Conklin, Anthony art teacher, stand beside Martins’ winning artwork, “Best Friends,” at the Bayou City Art Festival March 24-26. Martins won first place in the Direct Energy Middle School Art Contest.
As the first-place winner, Martins received a Direct Energy gift bag including a scholarship for a one-week art class at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell Junior School; a $2,000 donation to the Anthony art program; an iPad Pro; stylus; and a $500 gift card to Texas Art Supply.
Anthony art teacher Brad Conklin said he began noticing her interest and dedication in art as a sixth-grade student.
Bayou City Art Festival Direct Energy Middle School Art Contest first-place winner Elizabeth Martins won a Direct Energy gift bag for her winning artwork.
“I remember seeing her in class reading an Art:21 book she checked out from our school library. From there, her interest in art has expanded further, her skills have become sharper and she has become much taller,” Conklin said. “She has that magical combination of being humble, talented, determined and passionate—a combination of qualities that is sure to make her successful in her future endeavors. She truly is what I call an ‘Art Star!’
“It is difficult to describe how proud I am of Elizabeth to see her so happy to be honored in such a huge way,” Conklin said. “I am very grateful that all of her hard work is being rewarded, and I know that she is more motivated than ever in her love of art, creativity and knowledge. She is ready for high school and beyond!”