Abraham welcomes art competition winner to DC

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, with art competition winner Abbie Lawson in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, June 21. (courtesy: Ralph Abraham)
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WASHINGTON (News Release) - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, welcomed recent Quitman High School graduate Abbie Lawson this week to see her artwork in the United States Capitol.

Lawson won the 2016 Congressional High School Art Competition for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District. Her painting, titled “Sunday Drive”, features an older man driving a pick-up truck down on of rural Louisiana’s country roads. It will hang in the Capitol for a year among winners from other congressional districts from throughout the nation.

“Abbie’s painting reflects the rich character of our district. When I see it on the wall among the others, her talent really shines through. She’s made our district and Louisiana proud, and I congratulate her once again on winning this year’s competition,” Dr. Abraham said.

Lawson attended a winner’s reception on Thursday in the Capitol along with her mother, Summer Huckaby, and Dr. Abraham’s wife, Dianne.

In addition to the reception and meeting with Dr. Abraham, Lawson also toured the White House, the Capitol, the Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery and other national monuments and museums in Washington.

Lawson said she’s learned a lot during her trip and was impressed with the architecture, particularly the Library of Congress.

“It’s been wonderful. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Abrahams gave us a warm welcome,” Lawson said.

Lawson, who graduated high school in May, will start at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches in the fall. She will study art and work toward attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Lawson’s painting was chosen during a blind judging from volunteers of the 5th District’s art community. Eleven schools competed this year including Jonesboro-Hodge High School, Weston High School, Sterlington High School, Sylvester Home School Academy, Epps High School, Pineville High School, Bolton High School, Ouachita Christian School, Riverfield Academy, and Bastrop High School.

Jonesboro-Hodge senior Cameron Bowen and Weston freshman Caroline Smith were recognized as finalists. Their art will be on display in Dr. Abraham’s Washington office for a year.