Winners of the AJT’s Chanukah art competition met at Binders Art Supplies and Frames in Buckhead Feb. 16 to eat kosher cookie cake, drink juice, and collect their prizes. Surrounded by art from the Woodward Academy, which lined the walls of the gallery where the reception was held, about 40 people gathered to celebrate with the winners, including the young artists’ siblings, parents, and grandparents.
Jen Evans, the AJT’s community relations director, presented the awards to the winners as their relatives clapped and cheered. Prizes of $5 were given to 10 first place entries; $10 gift cards to two runners-up; and $25 gift cards to four, first-place winners. The grand prize went to Goldie Treyf, an Atlanta Jewish Academy eighth grader, who won a $50 gift card.
“The kids were excited to spend their gift cards,” said Lilli Jennison, AJT’s creative and media designer. Many of the children planned to use their prize money to buy new art supplies from Binders immediately following the party. Some of the artists even said they were going to start working now on their art submission for next year’s Chanukah competition.
One of the winners, Daniel Weinstein, in pre-K at The Davis Academy, was
thrilled to receive his prize. He even did a little dance. “Daniel strutted up to receive his gift card,” Evans said, laughing.
Another winner, Binny Schulgasser, a Torah Day School of Atlanta sixth grader, had started working on his art of a spaceship at the end of the summer. He spent months on his submission and was very proud to be chosen.
A big thank you to the Binders staff for their hospitality and sponsorship.