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Aspiring Artists at the Stanley

The Stanley is known for a lot of things: Entertainment, touring Broadway shows, even an antique fair. Thursday night it became an art gallery.

The Stanley is known for a lot of things:  Entertainment, touring Broadway shows, even an antique fair.  Thursday night it became an art gallery.

The Stanley is called the center of the arts and tonight its walls were plastered with it.  Area high school students in grades 7 through 12 submitted their art in the congressional art competition in March.

"They're so talented and some of them are so eager to show their works," Connie Watkins, The Stanley.

And eager they were.  Six finalists were chosen by judges on the Stanley Board of Directors.  On May 3, the six from Herkimer County and finalists from other counties will compete against each other.  Congressman Hanna will also be in attendance. 

"It's fun because I get to compete against other people from other schools and i get to see what i'm up against," says Alex Lagatta, finalist.

But for the finalists it's about showing off their hard work.

"As an artist just going off to college and everything it's nice to be in these art shows and just get my art out there and to the world," says Julia Ermacor, finalist.

For others, this is a stepping stone to their futures.

"It gives me bragging rights.  I can tell everyone yeah I’ve done this and I have this award and I’ve been recognized for this and this and it kind of puts you up there and gives you a step above other people," says Caycee McCormick, finalist.

The national winner of the competition will have their art displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year and the regional winner will have theirs in Congressman Hanna's office.

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