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Final tally coming in student circus art contest

BY JARED KEEVER - jkeever@perutribune.com

Local students who submitted circus-themed art to a judged contest earlier this year will soon learn how their work fared with the judges, though residents still get to have their say for the winner of one prize.

The work – 10 paintings in all – is currently on display at Gallery 15 on Main Street.

That’s where the winners will be announced on Saturday during this month’s Second Saturday festivities.

“We did it because we wanted to encourage young artists,” Sarah Luginbill, a local artist and one of the gallery’s owners said on Wednesday, talking about why she and her partners decided to host the contest.

“We wanted art from the Miami County high schools, and homeschool (students),” she said of the plans. “And we were going to judge them for cash prizes, which we have done.”

Money for those prizes was donated by the gallery, Tri Kappa sorority and the Peru Art Club.

Entrants are eligible to win an award from the sorority, the club and a best in show award.

There is also a people’s choice award, and locals still have time to come in and make their preferences known.

“We will probably tally those votes up Saturday afternoon,” Luginbill said.

She expects that will happen around 3 p.m. and winners will be announced around 5:30 while the gallery is hosting an opening reception for an exhibit of another artist’s circus paintings.

Indianapolis artist, Beth Clary Schwier, grew up in Peru and was an Amateur Circus performer here herself. Her exhibit is in town for the month of July to coincide with the annual Circus City Festival that begins Saturday.

And Luginbill said there is at least one other budding artist among this year’s crop of performers, noting that two of the submissions for the recent contest came from a young lady who will be performing this week.

Luginbill said she and her partners were pleased with the interest and noted that they pulled in art from each of the area’s three high schools and homeschoolers.

“Which I think is pretty cool,” she said.