There’s no doubt a group of youth taking part in Pulaski County Library System’s Summer Reading Program have good taste when it comes to art. They proved it during a contest held last week.
One might say Ashland Duncan, 12, “gobbled up” the top prize in the Edible Art contest, winning her a $10 gift card to Sonic. She used a variety of food items to create a beach scene.
Jena Hardy, library youth services coordinator, said Duncan used two different colors of icing to distinguish water from land, and then used graham crackers to texture the sand.
Twizzlers became a beach blanket and umbrella and Duncan filled the ocean with Swedish gummy fish. The beachgoer was created with pretzel sticks, a marshmallow, Nerds and spiral pasta (for her curly hair). The work of tasty art was then topped off with sprinkles.
Participants were given the option of creating a picture or sculpture. Other food items Hardy provided for contestants to use included gumdrops, Tootsie Rolls and cookies.
The four competing artists (plus the assistance of one participant’s younger brother) spent a little more than an hour creating their masterpieces, which included a car, log cabin and candy house.
Other official participants were Isabella Altis, Miranda Altis and Jacob Duncan.
Just how long the pieces of art escaped the mouths of the artists once the competition was over is unknown.