ORANGE PARK – Adrianna Horne has been drawing since she was five years old and doesn’t intend to stop anytime soon after winning the annual Concert on the Green poster contest, which reaffirmed …
ORANGE PARK – Adrianna Horne has been drawing since she was five years old and doesn’t intend to stop anytime soon after winning the annual Concert on the Green poster contest, which reaffirmed her dream.
“I want to one day be a famous artist,” she said.
Horne’s marker drawn poster ‘Musical World’ will serve as Concert on the Green’s official poster this year and hang in the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts until May 26.
The poster will also appear on the outdoor event’s informational pamphlets this year. Along with getting recognition for her efforts through exposure, Horne will receive a $500 scholarship to a college of her choosing, whether she decides to study art or not.
Roughly 196 students participated in this year’s contest from eight different schools. Great Hang Ups and Gallery of Fleming Island coordinated the contest, which encourages students to create art depicting musical performances in an outdoor setting.
The contest includes separate divisions for junior high, and elementary school, but it’s the winner of the high school division whose work is displayed in the event’s advertising campaigns.
Horne said while she isn’t sure what college she wants to attend yet, she said she more than likely wants to use the money for art supplies so she can explore new media mainly painting.
“I’m going to continue doing art, I love it. It’s fun to do, its relaxing,” she said.
Each year, Concert on the Green organizers coordinate with public and private school art teachers to promote – and therefore enact success – for the poster contest.
“We’re very proud of her, she’s worked a long time,” said Carrie Keene, Horne’s art teacher at Orange Park High. “It’s good that other people are beginning to recognize her abilities and talents.”
Concert on the Green’s main focus is music, however organizers with Clay County’s leading symphonic concert have their eyes set on involving as much student artist participation as possible.
“We’ve certainly grown in what we’re able to do with kids,” said Lauren Hoffman, Concert on the Green president. “We’re trying to do everything that we can do to encourage the growth of this and we’re doing everything we can do to talk to our school board about what we can do about arts in our schools.”
For example, one other art program Concert on the Green is involved in sponsorship of the Clay County School District’s 19th Annual All-County Elementary Chorus Concert held this past January. And, through its many artistic connections, procured the talents of Darren Dailey to direct the event. Dailey, a Fleming Island resident, is executive and artistic director of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.
Meanwhile, Concert on the Green began 30 years ago when a group banded together to attempt to bring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to the county. Hoffman said experiencing symphonic music live can be a monumental experience in not only the lives of students, but of adults as well.
“I wouldn’t want to live in a county that doesn’t do something like this, I’m not kidding,” Hoffman said. “That’s the only opportunity that all our citizens” get to see live symphonic performances.”
To that end, she has also jumpstarted a symphonic music summer camp at W.E. Cherry Elementary to expose elementary students to music early. Currently, elementary students in the county have limited access to any music programs until they reach higher grade levels.
Approximately four years ago, Concert on the Green began using funds generated from the event to fund scholarship opportunities for local artists in Clay. Other opportunities exist through the program as well. The concert hosts an annual music contest among students. Every year, one student vocalist and one instrumentalist from the music contest, perform a solo with members of the Jacksonville Symphony.
Hoffman said the concert’s programs are part of an effort to get students more motivated in artistic endeavors as a whole in the county. And its annual poster contest is a great way to accomplish that for visual artists.
“I was so happy when I won, I didn’t know what to do,” Horne said. “My emotion – I was just so happy.”
Concert on the Green will be held May 28 on the grounds of St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park.
Other winners in the Concert on the Green poster contest were:
Capturing second place in the senior division was Catherine Drawdy, a junior at Orange Park High, followed by third place winner Savannah Gilreath, a freshman at Ridgeview High. Honorable Mention winners were Bailey Binderim of Fleming Island High and Lisette Coll-Roman of St. Johns Country Day School.
Three eighth graders swept the junior division. Alivia Claxton of Lake Asbury Junior High, won first place; Allison Korahais of St. Johns Country Day School, placed second and Emma Lantinberg of St. Johns Country Day School won third, while Karah Martin of Lake Asbury Junior High was honorable mention.
Three students were declared elementary division winners. Ellie Susser of St. Johns
Country Day School, won first, and two students from Seven Bridges School
were awarded second and third place – Stuart Smith and Bobby Hahn.
The “Honoring Military” award winner is Amelia Beaver, a tenth grade student at Orange Park High.