Winning the “Best Group Entry” was this representation of a coastal shoreline created by Rod and Ty Newsome.

Dozens of talented artists and budding environmentalists were recognized Nov. 14 for artwork representing aspects related to the Port Royal Sound. 

Winners in the fifth annual Port Royal Sound Foundation Recycled Art Contest were named and prizes were awarded in seven categories, with five honorable mentions given as well.

The competition was created to help remind the community how important it is to reduce, reuse or recycle waste materials as it supports PRSF’s mission to keep the water and land of the Port Royal Sound area clean and healthy. 

Winners are:

Best School Entry: Battery Creek High School, Patsy Stowe

Best Group Entry: Rod and Ty Newsome

Best Individual Entry: Pamela Glover

Best Youth Individual Entry: Amelia Matis (age 10)

Best Use of Recycled Materials: Hilton Head Middle School, Andrea Norman

PRSF Award – Best Represents the Port Royal Sound: Hilton Head Island Elementary School Artistically Gifted & Talented students, Helen Ashton

Best in Show: Calvary Day School, Christine Powell

Honorable mentions were: Drew Cunningham (Individual); Michael Church (Individual); Stacey Schultz, Sea Island Sips (Individual); Fine Arts at the Citadel, Tiffany Silverman (School); Robin Davidson (Individual).

The contest was open to individuals, clubs, schools, families and businesses. The winning Sound-related artwork was made almost entirely of recycled materials and/or trash. 

Award recipients received $300, with a grand prize of $500 for the Best in Show. Judges for the contest included Sharon Stewart, PRSF volunteers, and the arts industry director from the South Carolina Arts Commission. More than $2,000 in prize money was provided by the Arts Commission, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

“I admired how each participant thoughtfully used the recycled materials to tell the story of the importance of the environment,” said La Ruchala Murphy, a contest judge and member of the Arts Commission. “The works were creative, thought-provoking and well crafted. Each unique in their own way, the works presented an integration of art, nature and community.”

All art entries will remain on display at the Sharon and Dick Stewart Maritime Center, located at 310 Okatie Highway, through Jan. 1, 2023, and can be found on PRSF’s Facebook page. Winning entries will stay throughout the month of January 2023. 

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