By David Rogers. March 30, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — A pair of Blowing Rock School students — both winners of the recent art contest sponsored by Blowing Rock News — got a head start on trout season last week when they captured images of the slippery creatures at a Blowing Rock Art & History Museum-hosted watercolor workshop.
Professional watercolor artist Carole Childers conducted the workshop, attended by Makayla and Zach, both of whom were among the six scholarship winners in the school art contest. The working theme of the watercolor workshop continued the trout-fishing theme supported by the Blowing Rock News-sponsored contest at the school.
Makayla fashioned a fish leaping out of the water for the workshop, and the trout was the last thing in her painting to receive colorization. Zach, who drew a fish jumping out of a lake for the school art contest, this time chose a more abstract rendition and a trout that, if nothing else, seemed to jump off the page.
Along with the 30+ other entries in the school contest, Zach and Makayla’s watercolor art will be entered in the Trout Derby art contest on Saturday at the Blowing Rock Community Club building, near the Robbins Swimming Pool on Clark Street.
Blowing Rock’s Trout Derby is now in its 37th year, featuring cash and merchandise prizes in a number of categories, including “first fish”, as well as biggest fish of different species (i.e., rainbow, speckled, and brown trout) in men’s, women’s and “small fry” divisions.
For several years now, the Trout Derby organizers have also hosted a fishing-themed art contest for youngsters of different ages. The overall contest winner gets to see his or her work of art featured on the following year’s event T-shirt and promotional posters.
Art can be submitted that was done at school, or may be drawn or painted onsite on Saturday at the Community Club building during the Trout Derby. Art contest participants DON’T have to fish to enjoy the artistic fun. Some art supplies will be available at the Community Club on Saturday. Thanks to the generosity of several sponsors, there is no cost to enter either the Trout Derby or the art contest.