Thursday, September 3, 2015

Winners of Bookmark Design Contest Announced

Bookmarks and Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS) announced the winner of the 2015 annual student art contest: Alana Hyman, a past ninth grader at Reagan High School. Her bookmark was chosen from over 100 entries submitted by Forsyth County students in middle and high school. Hyman’s artwork will be printed on 5,000 bookmarks to be distributed throughout Winston-Salem and surrounding counties.

Danytza Cisneros

Danytza Cisneros, a rising Reagan High School 10th grader, received second place, and Amba Moore, a Parkland High School rising senior, received third place. Honorable mentions went to Molly Jennings, a rising 11th grader at Reagan High School, and Hailey Lewis, a rising senior at East Forsyth High School.

Amba Moore

Hailey Lewis
Student winners were honored at an Opening Artist Reception for “Unbound & Unleashed, Celebrating Books and Authors through Art” held on Friday, August 28 from 7 – 9 p.m. Her work, along with four other winning student’s entries, will be on display through September 22 as a part of this juried art exhibit at the Womble Carlyle Gallery inside of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

“These entries illustrated a wealth of talent and love of reading. Entries were judged on originality of thought, dynamic contrast of color and image and carrying an idea to artistic fruition,” said Cheryl Davis, an artist and AFAS Board member. “Our 2015 Contest Winner, Alana Hyman, displayed all of this criteria in her bookmark entry “Fahrenheit 451.” The imagery produced by this young artist provokes a feeling of passion and palpable energy as a bird rises flaming from the text of a book filled from mystery and expectation. Beautiful!”

Art for Art’s Sake builds, educates and celebrates Community through Art. Arts on Sunday, held during the months of May and October, features arts, crafts, and music and is held on Trade Street in the Downtown Arts District. Visit for more information.

Bookmarks is a literary arts organization based in Winston-Salem that engages, inspires, and connects readers with authors. This is achieved through the largest annual free book festival in North and Carolina; Triad-based author talks, and an Authors in Schools program. Bookmarks’ free festival of books and authors will be held on September 12, 2015 at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and in the surrounding area on Spruce Street. Visit for more information.

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