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The 2016 Artists of the Year in the acrylic painting competition were recently selected at the Diane Granger Art Studio.
Dan Ebner earned the most points and received the Adult Artist of the Year ribbon. He has worked at Lehman Middle School for the past 30 years and is the chief custodian there.
Ebner is also a woodcarver and attends the Woodcarver Get-Together at Sippo Lake regularly. He recently demonstrated his woodcarving skills at the Algonquin Mills Fall Festival. His artwork will also be on display at the Art Barn at the Fall Festival.
Ebner began painting lessons with Granger in September 2015 and this year is a finalist for Adult Best of Show: Painting in her annual art show.
Dan resides in East Canton with his wife, Naomi.
Alyssa Smith, 14, is the Junior Artist of the Year. She is a freshman at Minerva High School and is active in the marching band as a sax player, as well as choir, Spanish Club, International Circle and was chosen to participate in Neo Med Camp at Rootstown this past summer.
Smith attends the Minerva Methodist Church and has studied dance with Susan Powell for the past 13 years. She has won the Best of Studio Award for the past five years there.
Smith has taken art classes from Granger for six years, earning a vast array of art awards at the Alqonquin Art Show, CCCAA Student Art Show, as well as Granger's annual art show.
This year she is also the recipient of the Junior Best of Show; Painting Award in Granger's Art Show. This is the first time a Best of Show winner has also won the Artist of the Year award in the same year.
Alyssa resides in Minerva with her parents Ryan and Heather Smith.
Other artists participating in this contest were Jean Robertson, Susan Conard, Emily Phillips, Linda Crouse, Nicole Everetts, Matt Granger, Sophie Stasiak, Emma Glass, Debbie Wise, Bethany Truax, Dominique Costarella, Mellicent Costarella and Joy Montgomery.
Points in this contest were earned for best quality paintings as well as productivity. The contest began Labor Day 2015 and ended Labor Day 2016.