With more than 530 works of art created by high school visual art students from across the Western Slope on display, the 24th annual Western Slope High School Art Show is now in full swing at the AppleShed Arts Complex and Gallery, located at 250 S. Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge. The student's art will be on display now through April 30.
Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Art students from Delta, Paonia, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss high schools submitted a variety of artwork, hoping for recognition and an array of prizes including cash prizes ($40 for Best of Show, $25 for first place, $20 for second and $15 for third), ribbons, and the possibility of a scholarship from Western State College (if the student attends WSC).
This year's competition included 10 different categories — black and white (pencil/charcoal), realistic drawing (non-pencil), colored drawing, oil and acrylics (air-brush included), abstract art (two dimensional – all media), watercolor (including airbrush), crafts (all types), ceramics/pottery, sculpture (three-dimensional – all media) and photography (both black and white and color).
As in prior years, this year's show was hosted by patron Connie Williams, owner of the AppleShed and organized by Delta High School art students and DHS art instructor Roger Hutchison. Hutchison also offered kudos to; Mattes & More for donating mattes and Jostens for providing the ribbons.
For the past 16 years, the young artists have gathered at the AppleShed Art Gallery in Cedaredge to showcase their outstanding artistic talent and, according to Williams, the show has gotten so popular that collectors from across the country return to the area to purchase the artwork on display.
This year's judge was Lee Johnson, professor emeritus at Western State College. According to Johnson, "The task of making art is to choose a subject that you know and certainly you have interest in. Once you choose the medium to best express the idea, go about it with passion and intensity, keeping in mind good organization (composition), making good choices about color, line, texture and overall balance of contrasting elements. Work freely, but with a critical eye."
The public is invited to stop by the AppleShed and take the time to enjoy hundreds of original art objects. Williams also noted all the money from purchases goes to the artist.
Western Slope High School Art Show Winners are;
Best of show (two dimensional ) — Frankie Hejny, CHS.
Best of Show (three dimensional) — Dessa Christian DHS.
Drawing–Pencil — Javier Romero, DHS, first; Cleo Whiting, DHS, second; and Alexis Arroyo, HHS, third; Honorable Mention – Natalie Blasec, HHS, Jessica Chevaliac, CHS, Sydney Roop, HHS and Emily Whitaker, DHS.
Drawing–Black/white, non-pencil —Elena Hanning, DHS, first; Frankie Hejny, CHS, second; and Kaillyn Esplin, DHS, third. Honorable Mention – Lane Sanders, DHS.
Colored drawing — Wesley Hardin, HHS, first; Frankie Hejny, CHS, second; and Shannon Black, PHS, third. Honorable Mention – Sheila Damazo, DHS; and Shannon Rocha, HHS.
Oil and acrylics (realistic treatment) — Kendra Pappan, CHS, first; Stenton Brewer, CHS, second; and Lane Roberstson, CHS, third. Honorable Mention-Emily Whitaker, DHS; Louis Esperanza, DHS; and Jessica Chevalier (2 awards), CHS.
Watercolor or airbrush — Vinny Pinela, DHS, first; Savannah Hussinger, CHS, second; and Monah Rodstrom, HHS, third;. Honorable Mention-Ksenia Baumenchia, DHS.
Abstract — Sydney Roop, HHS, first; Natash Garcia, DHS, second; and Devin Speden, HHS, third. Honorable Mention-Andrea Gomez, DHS.
Pottery — Brie Henrie, CHS, first; Jasmine Clauser, HHS, second; and Maria Young HHS, third.
Sculpture — Dessa Christian, DHS, first; Sheila Damazo, DHS, second; and Rhianna Hart, HHS, third. Honorable Mention – Dessa Christian, DHS and Julianna Page, DHS.
Crafts — Uuses Medoza, HHS, first; Andrea Gomez, DHS, second; and Daryl Batt, HHS, third. Honorable Mention – Holly Hernandez, DHS.
Photography — Joseph Gray, DHS, first; Henry Komives, DHS, second; and Juan Campos, DHS, third. Honorable Mention – Cherlyn Flonries and Cade Gafford, DHS.blog comments powered by Disqus