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School district celebrates young artists
Marly and Johnny Fields
Marly and Johnny Fields pose in front of Sand Hill Elementary School fourth-grader Huck Sawyer’s rendition of a sea turtle on Friday. Sawyer is their grandson. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

RINCON — Johnny and Marly Fields aren’t art experts but they know a masterpiece when they see one.

It was a colorful oil pastel and watercolor rendition of a sea turtle that captured their attention in the gymnasium at the Clarence E. Morgan Complex on Friday. The painting by their grandson, Sand Hill Elementary School fourth-grader Huck Sawyer, was one of hundreds of creations in the 10th Annual Effingham County Schools Art Exhibition.

“It’s award winning,” Marly said with a proud smile while standing among the works of select students in grades K-12.

Sawyer’s painting was the unquestionable first-place winner in his grandparents’ hearts.

“We didn’t know (he was artistic) until he sent us a text that he had a piece in an art show,” Johnny said with a laugh. “It’s the prettiest thing in here. That’s why we took a picture of it.”

The school district’s best aspiring young artists didn’t get a chance to display their works last year because of COVID-19. The 2022 show opened March 29 and concluded Friday.

A reception was conducted Thursday.