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Local Teens Take 1st, 3rd in Art Show

Darien may just be turning into a hotbed for talented young artists. Two high school students from the town took home prizes in the “iCreate” Teen Art Exhibition at Bruce Museum in Greenwich. Darien High’s Liam Fitzpatrick won first place, and along with it a $500 cash prize. DHS junior Eliza de Haas came in third, and received $100. Both beat out nearly 150 high school students from Fairfield and Westchester counties.

The show is a project of the museum’s Youth Committee. The Bruce Museum started the group last summer to engage students from the area interested in art. “We’ve always had a lot of volunteers,” said May Ann Lendenmann, the museum’s Volunteer Program manager. “But I wanted to do something with a loyal core group of them.” This was the first teen art contest sponsored by the group, but “hopefully, we’ll do it again in the future,” says Lendenmann.

An independent jury of two Bruce Museum associates and one member of the Greenwich Arts Council chose the winners, except for a special award winner chosen by the Youth Committee. Greenwich's Lily Olsen-Ecker came in second, and honorable mentions went to Anetta Urmey of Mamaroneck High School and Alexa Zarras of Fox Lane High, both from New York state. The Youth Committee gave their award to Hannah Yue of Mamaroneck.

The Bruce Museum will display Liam, Eliza, and 31 other top students’ work from now until May 23. A slideshow of all 150 entries set to music from LEGENDS rock and jazz bands of Greenwich will also play on an iPad as part of the exhibit. Visitors can also buy a DVD of the slideshow from the museum. The Bantle Lecture Gallery, where the pieces are on display, also hosts speaking engagements, so those interested should call the museum at (203) 869-0376 or check its calendar at

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