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Arts Council Offers Two Outstanding Artist Recognition

Arts Council Offers Two Outstanding Artist Recognition Events

By Jackie Holfelder

Martin County has a vibrant arts scene and nowhere is that more evident than in the recognition and appreciation of student and high school artists.

Each year, the Arts Council of Martin County presents the Marvin S. Cone Annual High School Juried Art Show to recognize the artistic talents of county high school students.

The show was established in 1987 to honor Marvin S. Cone, a local writer, poet, art collector, entrepreneur and educator who was inspired by the creativity of Martin County art students.

Artwork was on display at the Court House Cultural Center through May 27 and remains in a virtual gallery found at

Over $5,000 in awards were given to the student artists.

Honorable mentions and three levels of winners were selected in each category. The winning piece in each category was:

·        Drawing: “Hands Holding Red Strings” by Danielle Bullard

·        Mixed Media: “Sweet Memories” by Shirly Zhu

·        Painting: “A Study in Feminine Beauty” by Tatum Bean

·        Sculpture: “The Three Little Pigs” by Paulina Mateo Antonio

·        Photography/Digital Prints: Side Eye” by Natalie Belisle

·        Best of Show: “Marine Imitation” by Cassidy Bean


For more on the Marvin S Cone High School Juried Art Show visit

The mARTies are one of the Treasure Coast’s most anticipated arts recognition events every year.

This signature event of the Arts Foundation for Martin County honors outstanding artistic, voluntary and philanthropic achievement in Martin County. 



Even though arts and artists in all media were profoundly affected by Covid-19 during 2020-21, the mARTies Committee went ahead with this important appreciation, honoring 2021 student nominees at a celebration held at the Barn Theatre in April. Guest emcee Cory Jeacoma, a student recipient from 2012 and performing artist inspired students sharing his path to Broadway.

Recipients were:

·        Student Performing Artist/Music - Sarah Spector, Alexander Cooper

·        Student Performing Artist/Theatre - Hannah Roebuck

·        Student Visual Artist - Alexandra Trejo

·        Sanders Award - Mika Fowler


The very good news is that the mARTies Awards is expected to return in its traditional format at the Lyric Theatre this fall, honoring both student and adult nominees.

The deadline to submit the names on nominees is July 1, 2021 and an easy-to-fill-out application form in on the Arts Council website at

Photos provided by Arts Council of Martin County

Cory Jeacoma, 2012 mARTies student recipient and current performing artist was emcee at the Barn Theatre event

9600 - Nominees, Recipients and Committee Members for the 2021 Students mARTies


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