RSC art student did well at Canton local art exhibition

CANTON—Melody Barnes, an art student at Spoon River College in Canton, had a great day at the Fulton County Town and Country Art Show held March 11 at the Donaldson Community Center . Barnes took first place in the amateur division with his charcoal drawing “My Beating Heart” and second place in the popular vote with another charcoal drawing titled “Have a Heart”.

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This isn’t Barnes’ first blue ribbon from this art show. She also landed first place for a graphite drawing of her cat Harley when she was just a freshman at Canton High School. Barnes was a member of the art club throughout her four years in high school and served as president during her senior year.

Barnes has her sights set on becoming an art therapist and plans to transfer to Illinois State University after earning her associate degree at Spoon River College. “Psychology and art are two of my favorite subjects, so I would like to combine them in order to help people.”

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Art therapy requires a master’s degree, but Barnes says that’s no problem. “I am delighted to continue. I want to work with children and teenagers, hopefully in hospitals, but I’m willing to try anything and go anywhere.

Barnes credited Canton HS art teacher Marnie Eskridge with helping her try new things and SRC art teacher Jamie Kotewa with continually pushing her out of her comfort zone, but says that the real inspiration for her art came from her sister growing up. “She always made art and I wanted to be like her.”

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While at Spoon River College, Barnes was a member of STAGE (SRC Theater Artists Group for Education) and was cast in the spring play ‘Here We Are’. She is also a member of the Esports program.

Kayleen C. Rice