GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Local artists win competition



SNELLVILLE -- A local art school recently held a competition, awarding several talented winners from area high schools with supplies for their craft.

Cobble Creek Studios' competition gave art supplies to grand prize winner Georgia Bland, best in show to Sharon Park and first prize to Stephanie Wagner, all of Brookwood High School; Anna Archer and Debi West, both of North Gwinnett, got third, and Eyoel Tewdros of North Gwinnett got honorable mentions.

The students were given supplies like easels, brushes and oil colors. In addition, some were awarded scholarships for their efforts.

According to its website, Cobble Creek Studios opened its doors in November 2010 as "an art school not only for serious artists, but with a program to inspire children as young as 11 years old to study the exact same materials."

The studio is located at 2257 Scenic Highway, Snellville. For more information, call 770-597-4053, or visit www.cobblecreekstudios.com.GCPS bands honoredLAWRENCEVILLE -- Several bands with Gwinnett County Public Schools were honored with an invitation to play at the 21st annual University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival.

The bands included Jones Middle eighth-grade honor band under the direction of Tonya Millsap; Crews Middle eighth-grade band under the direction of Frank Folds and Amanda Hertel; and the North Gwinnett Middle eighth grade symphonic band under the direction of Mary Wilson and Hunter McRae.

All of the band directors received the Citation of Excellence presented by representatives of the National Band Association.

In other band-related news, Pinckneyville Middle Band performed at the Southeastern United States Middle School Band Clinic at Troy University.

The University of Georgia Middle School band festival is a three-day event for middle school band musicians.

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.