Art students compete at stock show

Fifteen Grand Valley students from the Watercolor Dogs Art Studio in Fruita showed their work at the National Western Stock Show’s Youth Art Show in Denver.

The theme of the art show was western lifestyle, and all the artwork had to be two-dimensional and 16 inches by 20 inches or smaller. There were pencil drawings, oil pastels, acrylic paintings and watercolor paintings.

“I just provided reference photos of landscapes, cows and horses to help them visualize,” said Pam McLaughlin, owner of Watercolor Dogs Art Studio. “All of their artwork was original.”

There were winners in all grades except for third, 11th and 12th, McLaughlin said.

“Next year I want to have winners in all grades,” said McLaughlin, who plans a future exhibit featuring students’ artwork.

Here are the names of the artists, grades and award:

•Trina Roller, 10th grade, reserve champion

•Jenna Oleson, ninth grade, grand champion

•Danielle Oleson, ninth grade, reserve champion

•J.T. McLaughlin, ninth grade, reserve champion

•Dylan McWilliams, eighth grade, reserve champion

•Alma Wilkie, eighth grade, reserve champion

•Emily Montag, seventh grade, reserve champion

•Daniel Lastine, sixth grade, reserve champion

•Gabriella Gorrino, sixth grade, grand champion

•Annalea Gorrino, fifth grade, grand champion

•Dawson Goodman, fourth grade, reserve champion

•Jenna Prieto, second grade, grand champion

•Carlie Lastine, first grade, reserve champion

•Elizabeth Shirley, first grade, reserve champion

•AddiJoy Dittrich, first grade, grand champion

Watercolor Dogs Art Studio’s website is


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