The 6th annual “Birds of the Brush” Art Contest is a lively special event that we do as part of our Laredo Birding Festival. This year, we received a record number of submissions, at 431.
As part of this collaboration with RGISC, the Laredo Center for the Arts and Monte Mucho Audubon Society, local students, amateurs, and professional artists submit artwork of birds found in our region. Art pieces are then judged by well-known artists and bird experts. Our panel of judges this year were: Armando Hinojosa, Raul Delgado, Gayle Aker-Rodriguez, and Frank Ortega.
For the first time in Birds of the Brush history, one art entry came from our sister-city, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The art contest is separated into 5 categories: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Community-Amateur, and Community-Professional. Judges select a Best in Show winner, and each category has 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finalists, and two Honorable Mention winners.
We wish to commend all participants, and their teachers. Our judges and Laredo Center for the Arts staff noted that the quality of art work submitted this year was significantly superior than previous contests.
On Feb. 7, we opened the Art Exhibit and a much anticipated Awards Ceremony took place in which all winners, and all participating teachers and studios were recognized.
6th Annual Laredo Birds of the Brush Art Contest Winners
Best of Show
Francisco Garcia United South High School
Elementary School Middle School High School
1st Nery Arguello 1st Jenelle Guajardo 1st Grace Alvarez
2nd Jacklyn Castillo 2nd Ethan Ramirez 2nd Stephanie Garcin
3rd Victoria Riojas 3rd Amaya Mashuca 3rd Claudia Jimenez
HM Brisa Duarte HM Gabriel Cervantes HM Zoe Macias
HM Azul Pedroza HM Angelina Cerda HM Catalina Berry
Community - Amateur Community - Professional
1st Hilda Zavala 1st Amando Chapa
2nd Elisa Gutierrez 2nd Erika Ordoñez
3rd Valentin Jorge Cuellar 3rd Nancy Poinsot
HM Patricia Najera HM Luis Hernandez
HM Blanca Manchala HM Erika Buentello
*HM: Honorable Mention
The art work is open for public viewing at the Laredo Center for the Arts until March 2, 2018.
Some pieces are also available for sale.
From Feb. 7-10, we welcomed 150 birders from 23 different states and 37 Texas cities for our 6th Laredo Birding Festival.
This was a record number for the Festival, and for the first time we had two international birders from Mexico. Birders come to our South Texas city to see the hundreds of species of birds –including our prized White-collared Seedeater—that live here or visit us during the different migration seasons.
The 6th Annual Laredo Birding Festival offered a loaded itinerary for birders which included: