Northeast Tarrant

Everyone is a winner at Triple Crown Affair at Lone Star Park

Clearly Mother Nature decided that the ponies should run recently — May 2 — because for all the crazy weather we have been having lately, it was perfect weather for the Triple Crown Affair at Lone Star Park benefiting the Arts Council Northeast.

At this event, just showing up made you a winner. Hats, bourbon and mint juleps (not necessarily listed in order of importance) were all the rage that afternoon … and of course, betting on the winning horse.

Now if your pony didn’t exactly come in when you picked it, it didn’t matter, with the libations flowing and the yummy food being served, everyone seemed to have a great time.

Now, lest we forget, this is a fundraiser and it seemed that even after the bets were placed, there was still plenty of money for the live auction. Why? Because this one brought in just short of $20,000.

Proceeds from the event benefit Arts Council Northeast to fund its community arts programs, grants, summer arts camp for children and free MasterWorks Concert Series.

Speaking of Mother Nature, she may have been a bit harsh on the first and final days of Art in the Square held April 24–26 at Southlake Town Square, but thanks to a beautiful Saturday and most of Sunday, this year’s event still has the big banner of “success” flying over it.

With 160 renowned artists, 100 high school artist and eight emerging artists, exceptional art was what this year’s event was all about. Of course, the food, libations and kids’ area concerts were amazing as well.

As with each of the past years, during the event, artists are recognized for their outstanding work. This year’s recipients were George Raab, Casey Hankins, Taman Van Scoy and Bruce Peeso, with Awards of Distinction; Michael Mc Kee, Alla Tsank, Erin Hanson, Mari Bolen and Wiwat Kamoipornwifit, with the Juror’s Choice Award; and David Bjurstrom, with the People’s Choice award.

This year’s Lone Star Award Grand Prize Winner was Serina Taluja from Carroll Senior High School, who along with the prestigious award takes home a trip to Austin for the hanging of her artwork in the rotunda of the Texas Capitol.

Additional winners in the Student Art competition are first place winner Courtney Ma from Colleyville Heritage High School, second place winner McKayle Carter from Timber Creek High School, third place winner Alexis Helm from South Grand Prairie High School and an honorable mention awarded to Jasmine Le and Eliezer Garcia from South Grand Prairie High School, Canaan Casteel and Shivangi Patel from Colleyville Heritage High School, Itze Cuevas from Westlake Academy and JC Patino from Carroll Senior High School.

Readers, keep these names, because you will be seeing them all over the art world in the future.

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