OAK HARBOR – Student artists from across northwest Ohio converged at Oak Harbor High School this past weekend for the 51st annual Five-County Invitational Art Show.
“We’ve had it here for as long as I can remember,” said Elly Gilbert, an Oak Harbor High School art teacher who has hosted the show for the past four years. “It’s a great event.”
Gilbert said students from a total of 20 schools participated in this year’s show, which was a “big jump” up from last year.
Students from Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood counties can partake in the show, which was judged by three professors from the University of Toledo’s art department.
“The competition was fierce this year. It was nuts,” Gilbert said. “There are a lot of very talented students.”
For the third year in a row, the Port Clinton Artists Club also came in to judge works from Ottawa County students and awarded three cash prizes to those winners.
“It’s nice of them to do that as well,” Gilbert said. “They chose to do that on their own, which is awesome that they want to support the arts for local schools.”
This year’s Best in Show award across all works in a two-dimensional medium went to a figurative oil painting by Samantha Greenhill, of Woodmore.
“She’s a top 10 senior at her school. She’s awesome,” Gilbert said. “Every year, she cleans up. She is really talented.”
Earlier this year, Greenhill also earned an honorable mention at Ohio’s 5th District 2018 Congressional Art Competition.
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