Through An Artist's Eyes: Gaston County Schools Annual Art Show 2020

Each year, Gaston County Schools and the Gaston County Museum team up to provide an annual juried art show titled Through An Artist's Eyes. This exhibit gives every art student in the County an opportunity to showcase their creative minds. Students submit artwork based on twelve different categories: Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Comic Art, Ceramics, Digital Art, Color Drawing, Mixed Media, Fiber Arts, Crafts, and Black & White Drawing. The artwork is judged and the winners are given first, second, third, and honorable mention awards. In addition, a Best of Show award and a Director's Choice award is given to one middle and one high school student, along with one James C. Biggers Award which is given to one high school student who's work shows promise and excellence. This show brings together the immense talent and creativity of our Gaston County students. Please enjoy exploring our winning students through the tiles below!

High School Winners

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Middle School Winners

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About Our Judges

Jurors selected by the Gaston County Museum judge each piece anonymously on creativity, technical skills, and originality. Gaston County Museum always seeks to find judges each year with varying backgrounds in art along with no direct ties to any one school so as to ensure fair judging. Judging will follow a scoring rubric similar to the Scholastic Art Competition. We would like to thank this year's judges on dedicating their time and expertise to the 2020 Annual School Art Show!

Barbara O’Neal Davis
Barbara Davis

Living in South Carolina for 33 years, Barbara O’Neal Davis has been painting in water mediums, such as watercolor, acrylics, and gouache for 20+ years. Occasionally working in pastels, she also recently added Encaustic, an ancient art form of painting with pigmented wax to the list of mediums she has enjoyed using. Her work varies from realistic to abstract, although she prefers figurative work. Barbara is a member of several local and national art societies and has exhibited all over the country.

Mike Ericsson
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Michael Ericsson was an award winning Graphic Designer and Illustrator for American Greetings of Cleveland, Ohio. He also has won awards exhibiting his paintings and drawings since the early seventies. He relocated to North Carolina where he resides with his wife and youngest daughter.Last year his watercolor painting "Storm Over Lake Wylie" was accepted in the North Carolina Annual Artists Exhibition at the Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum.

Martha Manco
Sweet Sarah Martha Manco

Martha Manco resides in Tega Cay, SC, and loves to convey the complex human form through her paintings. She strives to capture and preserve the character, vitality, and emotion that is revealed during specific moments in time. When she’s not painting the human landscape ,she is working to reflect the beauty of nature—drawn to the challenge of representing the harmonious range of light, shadow and hues that change moment by moment. Martha is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Women Painters of the SouthEast, the Guild of Charlotte Artists, Matthews Artists Guild, Southern Arts Society, and Charlotte Plein Air Painters. Her work can be seen at

Roy Lindsay Woods
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A Gaston County native and a graduate from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, artist Roy Woods is dedicated to bringing the arts to forgotten areas of his hometown. With a background in construction, Roy often incorporates construction materials and processes in his art. Come see Roy’s art on view at the Gaston County Museum now until June 27th, 2020. Roy also welcomes visitors to visit his studio, Creations by Roy Lindsay, located at 729 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia NC 28054.

Liliya Zalevskaya


Liliya Zalevskaya was born in Kiev, Ukraine. As a young teenager her parents immigrated to America, as the Soviet Union fell apart. This continues to inform her interest in how social structures are perceived versus how they are experienced by the individuals living withing them. She currently lives and works in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, artist David Scott Sackett.

 Bradley Sabelli

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Bradley Sabelli holds the Doctor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Associate of Arts degrees in several areas of architecture studies, Fine and Performing arts disciplines. During his tenure as ‘Professor Emeritus’ in the Theater and Dance Program Dr. Sabelli served as deputy Chair and Producer, technical director and senior designer in all three design concentrations. He served on numerous University committees and was a pioneer in the distance learning programs for the arts and humanities for The Columbian College. Professor Sabelli developed and established the MFA degree programs in the disciplines of stage design, costume design, lighting design and museum exhibition design. Bradley currently serves in an advisory capacity to GWU (Corcoran School of Arts and Design), and is on the Rock Hill Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism advisory board. Brad also teaches studio art courses at the Fewell Park (Rec. Center concentrating on the arts in Rock Hill SC.), York County Center for the Arts (Rock Hill SC.), Gallery 120 (Clover SC.) and the Life Long Learning Program (Rock Hill SC).



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