Area students win "True Grit" art contest

st Place Avery Lewis(STILLWATER, OKLA. / April 8, 2015) –– Three area teens won honors for work submitted to the Stillwater Public Library’s “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads True Grit” art contest for students. The contest was themed “What Does True Grit Mean to You” and cash prizes from the Friends of the Library were awarded to the winners.

“I was surprised at the conceptual depth the artists put into their work,” said Emily States, teen librarian and art enthusiast. “You could really tell that the artists put a lot of thought into what True Grit means, which was really the point of contest.”

First prize went to Stillwater seventh grader, Avery Lewis, for her pencil drawing titled, “The Grit Friendship.” The artwork shows one hand reaching down to another, depicting a Native American holding a hand out to Cowboy to help him up a cliff.

(Photo to left: Lynda Reynolds and Avery Lewis)

“Avery’s theme was very moving,” said States. “And the intricate shadowing of the hands was well executed.”

Alicia Barrows, a ninth grader from Glencoe, won second prize for “Courage Comes in many Forms,” a colorful abstract. “Sunset of Hope” by Ashley Morse, another ninth grade Glencoe student, won third prize.

All student artwork will be on display at the front of the Stillwater Public Library through April 19.

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads True Grit” is a community reading series sponsored by the Library, OSU Library and the Sheerar Museum. It is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the series, visit or call (405) 372-3633.

The “True Grit” series ends next week with several book discussions and an April 13 presentation on the history of the U.S. Marshal Service in Indian Territory and Ft. Smith. The program takes place at 7 p.m. at the library.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.) and the Stillwater Community Center is located at 315 W 8th Ave (the corner of 8th and Duck).

(Photos below: Alicia Barrows with Lynda Reynolds; Ashley Morse)

nd place Alicia Barrows        rd place Askley Morse