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Local Students Win GLAF Art Awards       April 21, 2021

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Lily Westlund, Badger High School, received the Louis Mergener Memorial Award for Outstanding Work from Tracy Mergener, (l) who presented the award in memory of her father Louis.  Behind is show judge Mary Beth Bellon.

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Alexa Jackowski, Big Foot High School, received the Neal and Dotsy Heffernan Best of Show Award.  The Heffernan family was represented by Jill Rodriguez of the Rotary Club.  Alexa is also congratulated by show judge Mary Beth Bellon and Big Foot High School art teacher Paul Boland.

Nettie Dellheim, GLAF Young Emerging Art

Nettie Dellheim of Williams Bay High School was awarded the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation Young Emerging Artist Award for her colorful wire sculpture.

Ten local students, representing five high schools, were recognized at the Annual Geneva Lake Arts Foundation High School Student Art Show on Thursday, April 15.  Every year the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation presents monetary awards to talented students throughout the area to foster awareness of the arts and encourage individual artistic growth, as well as to support these young artists who hope to pursue their dreams through higher education.

Geneva Lake Arts Foundation is proud to host this annual event at their Gallery 223, located at 223 Broad Street in downtown Lake Geneva. Area high schools are each invited to submit 10 pieces of artwork created by their students. These pieces, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and more were on display at Gallery 223 through Sunday, April 18.

Professional artist Mary Beth Bellon, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, judged the show. Bellon worked as an animator at StarToons (subcontractor of Warner Brothers), and has continued her studies with classes and workshops at the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago. In addition, she is currently the curator at the Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL.

The following students received monetary awards:

  • The Neal and Dotsy Heffernan Prize for Best of Show was awarded to Alexa Jackowski, from Big Foot High School, for “Thea,” a creative photographic depiction of her dog.

  • Lily Westlund, Badger High School, won the Louis Mergener Memorial Award for Outstanding Work for a watercolor painting of her dog entitled “This Bench.”  

  • Olivia Lois, Badger High School, was awarded the Martin Smith Memorial Award for Creative Work for a colored pencil rendition of a Twix Bar.

  •  Sabrina Vitulla, Badger High School, was presented with a new award, the John K. Larson Memorial Award for Most Innovative Work for ‘Paint Pallet”.

  • The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation award for Young Emerging Artist went to Nettie Dellheim of Williams Bay High School for a colorful wire sculpture entitled “Fruit Basket”. 

  • GLAF Award of Recognition to Aurelia Evrand, East Troy High School, for watercolor/acrylic painting called “Identity of Self”.

  • The GLAF Award of Recognition to Emilee Brooker, Badger High School, for a stained glass piece called The Tiger”. 

  • GLAF Award of Recognition to Ava Gromachci, of Elkhorn High School, for mixed media “ Self Sabotage”.

  •  GLAF Award of Recognition to Brigitte Duvall of Williams Bay High School for a pencil drawing of a dog entitled “Red”. 

  • GLAF Award of Recognition Award to Maggie Bush, Elkhorn High School, for a “Tea Party,” a pencil drawing.

GLAF wishes to congratulate all these talented young artists and the teachers and families who have encouraged them.  The Foundation hopes they will continue to enjoy and develop their artistic skills no matter what direction their career takes.

Geneva Lake Arts Foundation is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering awareness of the arts and encouraging individual artistic growth. For more information stop by Gallery 223 or visit the website The GLAF is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization.