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J Dee McCleskey kisses judge Dean Carter Media Art Show by S. Francis King George artist Dee McCleskey was honored for the second consecutive year with an award of excellence at the seventeenth annual MEDIA Art Festival held June 3 and 4 at the Hurkamp Park in Fredericksburg. Mrs. McCleskey admitted to being so pleased that she kissed the judge, Dean Carter, Pro- fessor in the Department of Art and Art History, VPI and SU, Blacksburg, VA. "I was so surprised!'exclaim- ed Mrs. McCleskey. "But win- ning this award really makes it all worthwhile." The award recognized her entire body of work on display which includ- ed pastels and watercolors. In many of Mrs. McCles- key's still lifes of fruits and vegetables was a recurring pat- terned drapery. Mrs. McCles- key supposed that if fellow North Windsor artist Jack Darling ever did awa with the drapery she would bc at a loss. This year's MEI)IA event was by all accounts a repeat of last year with the usual assort- ment of oils, watercolors, acryl- ics, and mixed media paintings, wood and plaster scuplturc and a variety of crafts - woen baskets, turned wooden yes- sets, pottery, stained glass, and jewelry, qhe show drew 98 artists from across the state and as far away as Arilona. Best in show went to Gordon Neal of Danville for his colored pencil drawings of town scenes Along with his blue ribbon was a cash prize of $600. C. Booth Farcus of Locust Grove and art teacher to many area artists, received the Grum- bacherAward. His display of watercolors included "Elk Hunter Utah Messa" and "Monday Wash," paintings which revealed a different tech- nique for Mr. Farcus. "1 am trying a new approach in water- coloring, one that retards the drying time. By adding gly- cerin to the water, 1 can get twice as long to work on a painting" Cynthia Morgan of Spots- ylvania won an Award of Merit with her display of watercolors of athletic figures and events. She was reminding anyone in- terested, "l will do any sports figure you would like." Smokey Braden was recently named Building Official by the Board of Supervisors. He he shows off some of the recent plaques he received from the State of Virginia for his efforts in the building field Awards of Excellence with a ribbon plus $200 went to R.L. Huff man, Dee McCleskey, M.E. Bruhn, Melinda Harle- man, Marcia Chaves, and D. Wentz. Awards of Merit with a ribbon and $100 went to P.M. Stevens, L.A. Bucher, J.K. Runkle, Johnnie Johnson, D.P. Hand, Cathy Herndon, Paula Rose, K. Hume, C.O. Morgan, and J.M. Fullerton. Honorable Mention was awarded to Brenda Bickerstaff- Stanley, V. Nguyen and J. Hile. The MED1A Award went to Pat Hoover, the Dick Blick Award to Joan Gardner, the Grumbacher Award to C. Booth Farcus, and the Winsor and Newton Award to C.K. Pope. Wayne Kennedy retiring as coach at Beach By Laura Coates Don't be surprised if you see Wayne Kennedy strolling down the streets in Colonial Beach or taking a leisurely bike ride with his wife. After 23 years of coaching, Kennedy is hanging up his hat. Saying that he "felt the time was right" Kennedy announced to the Colonial Beach School Board that he was retiring from his position as head basketball coach. Kennedy will still teach driver's education, physical education and health at Colonial Beach and will also remain as Athletic .Director and Assistant Administrator; Kennedy has coached the Drif- ters for 20 years--from 1967-72 and from 1974-89. Kennedy coached for one year at Trinity High School in North Carolina before coming to the Beach and IN TIME OF CRISIS anytime of day or night 24 HOUR Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse EMERGENCY SERVICES King George County 775-5064  Community .vices Board Servin Caroline Fredericksburg King George Spotsylvania Stafford returned there again in 1972 for two years. In that time Kennedy's accom- plishments have included three Tri-State Conferences., regular season titles and a tournament crown in 1981. His 256-160 or .602 winning percentage at Colonial Beach is admirable. He was named area Coach of the Year by The Free Lance Star in 1980. Saying that he enjoyed the "in- teraction with athletes, school age children and coaches" the most, Kennedy sounded almost regretful of the approaching end of his coaching career. "Over the last couple of years I didn't look forward to going to practice like I once did. I thought it would change, but it didn't, so I felt the time was right." Idolized by his athletes and admired by his fellow coaches, Kennedy will certainly be missed in the basketball arena. But we can count on Kennedy still being around in full form. "I have a lot of (fund raising) goals to accomplish," said Ken- nedy. "Before I die, get fired, or THE JOURNAL, JUNE 13, 1989 3 whatever, l want to see per- manent bleachers for football, permanent restrooms for outside athletic contests and bleachers on the other side of the gym." While Kennedy wasn't talking about his recommendation for his replacement, his confidence in the unnamed person was evident.. His successor will be named at the June Board meeting. "I've had a succession of highs," proclaimed Kennedy and "I've been real blessed with athletic parental and ad- ministrative support. The other coaches and athletes have been great." 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