EFFINGHAM — Stephanie Uebinger said her children have plenty of activities, but they always come back to art.

Greg and Stephanie Uebinger of Teutopolis brought their two children, Kathryn, 8, and James, 7, to the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library, where hundreds of different children's art exhibits were displayed over the weekend.

Sculptures, prints, ceramics, watercolors, drawings, mixed media and painting were among the pieces. It was open to preschool to 12th grade. A Best of Show was awarded in each age group, as well as first, second and third place in each age group. Some honorable mentions were also awarded, said Art Show Co-Chairman Stacey Zerrusen, an art teacher in Dieterich. The age groups were prekindergarten through fourth grade, fifth through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade. Library staff judged 439 entries.

This year marked the 20th annual Children's Art Show.

“My kids really enjoy the outlet that art gives them,” said Stephanie Uebinger. “They have so many other activities, but they seem to always want to come back to art. We love it that Effingham is a place where art is really a focus. There are so many different places, as well as great teachers that help support that, as well.”

While not in school, the youngsters use Stang Arts for lessons, their mother said.

Kathryn likes to be creative and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty. Her brother, James, added he likes to make “different and unique” pieces of art.

Both of them had exhibits entered in the event, James created a 3-D snowman named "Brian" out of clay, and Kathryn made a wood piece titled “Eternity” with layers of acrylic paint designed by tilting the round wooden base and letting the layers of paint dry.

Mia Totten, 7, of Altamont, came to the show Saturday with little sister Madalyn, 3, and parents, Ty and Mandy Totten. Mia's work, “Elf Shoes,” created with crayon, was a class project and was submitted to the show. Her work received honorable mention.

Mia's love of art comes in part from her grandmother or “Mimi” (Cindy Totten) of Olney. She also gets art instruction at Altamont Grade School.

“We like to draw and every time they come, we all paint,” said Cindy Totten, who came along with her husband, “Pa” Tom Totten. “I've always drawn and painted. It is a fun thing to do with them.”

Karen Birch of Mattoon came for her granddaughter, Camryn Crowell, a junior at Effingham High School who couldn't attend the awards on Saturday because she was on a retreat. She enjoyed looking at the first-place ribbon on “Soda Poppin,'” an acrylic work.

Art Show Co-Chairman Barbara Grant said entries came from 20 area schools, including home-schoolers and two alternative education settings, Aspire and New TriStar. All schools in Effingham County and students of Effingham Art Guild members were invited to submit entries.

"There's a lot of talent here that's for sure," said Grant. "And this is a good way to promote it."

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Dawn Schabbing can be reached at dawn.schabbing@effinghamdailynews.com or 217-347-7151, ext 138

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