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'Even If You Don't Win, You Can Still Influence People'

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Art Grows Rexburg has its Annual Adult Art Competition on display, where you can admire the talent of local artists. 

The non-profit organization is dedicated to helping members of the community realize their artistic abilities, regardless of age or skill level, according to its website.

The awards presentation was on June 24 in the Hemming Village Atrium. The event had chamber music provided by the Mt. Moran String Quartet, a guest artist speaker and plenty of art to enjoy. 

The guest artist, Brian Astle, spoke about the impact a piece of art can have beyond the artist.

“I think most people don’t give themselves enough credit. When you make a piece of artwork, you don’t realize the life it’s going to have outside of your influence with it,” Astle said. 

There were three submission categories: Student, Amateur and Professional. There were 133 submissions in total. The awards are as follows:


1st place $350 - Donnie Tapp “Hometown Hero” Oil

2nd place $200 – Jacob Hodges “Chasing the Light” Acrylic

3rd place $100 – Allie Eagar “Retranche” Collage 

Merit Award $50 – Breezy Stein “Shifting” Spray Paint & Paper

Merit Award $50 – MaKayla Erickson “The Ram” Scratchboard 

Honorable Mention -Samantha Lucille “Machinery” Drypoint Intaglio Print 

Honorable Mention – Emily Munoz “Early Morning” Photography



1st place $400 – Amy Clements “Artery” Fiber Art

2nd place $250 – Ali Dye “Palm Springs View No. 1” Acrylic

3rd place $150 – Eli Kerns “Singer” Intaglio

Merit Award $75 – Benjamin Haacke “Late Morning Sun Baathers” Oil

Merit Award $75 – Ambria Quinlan “Hushing Thoughts” Watercolor

Honorable Mention – Brian Kinghorn “Sunrise Barn” Photography 

Honorable Mention – Gaylen Somers “Mystic Morning Mint” 


1st place $1,000 – Ryan Muldowney “Man of Sorrows” Oil
2nd place $750 – Darren Clark “Spring, Walker, ID 2021” Photography

3rd place $500 – Colter May “American Icon” Oil

Merit Award $100 – Stephenie Call “Thinking” Charcoal 

Merit Award $100 – Sonja Johnson “South Side Garage” Colored Pencil 

Honorable Mention – Nolan Parson “He Who Hesitates” Oil 

Honorable Mention – Megan Cook “The Landscape Arch” Photography 

Next year, Art Grows Rexburg will bring back its in-person Children’s Art Camp followed by the Children’s Art Competition. Keep an eye out for that in June 2022. 

The Adult Art Exhibit will be on display until July 15 in the lobby of Hemming Village. Take a walk on both floors while it's still here!

To stay up to date, visit their website here