A total of 430 entries are on display for the annual Western Slope High School Art Show. The show and sale is open at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge through April 26. The gallery is open 9-5 daily.
"Overall, this is a very strong show," said judges Mitchell Gronenthal and Jessica Axtell. "Originality is key in the art field," they advised the student artists. "Always try to find new and unique ways to express yourself and portray your work. Try to use as many hues and shades in your work to make it more interesting.
"Your underlying technique is key to create a successful piece. Foundation skills are necessary to improve as an artist. Always work loosely and tighten up your work as you progress. Simplicity is sometimes beautiful. Be sure to find beauty in confidently placed brush strokes or marks. Searching lines can be a powerful tool to help discover the right placement and also give insight into what the artist is thinking.
"Never stop creating!"
The top awards went to:
Best of Show 2D -- Abigail Vigil, Delta High School.
Best of Show 3D -- Devon Wyatt, Delta High School.
Body of Work -- Uyen Nguyen, Delta High School.
Category winners included:
Drawing pencil/charcoal -- Gabe Azevedo, DHS, first; Hunter Campbell, CHS, second; Gabe Azevedo, DHS, third; honorable mentions - Marlene Fuentes, DHS, Matt Williams, HHS, Katrina Johnson, PHS, and Angel Wilson, DHS.
Drawing, black/white, non-pencil -- Uyen Nguyen, DHS, first; Evan Nortnik, DHS, second; Brittany Hughes, DHS, third; honorable mentions - Claire Camp, CHS, and Hunter Campbell, CHS.
Colored drawing -- Gabe Azevedo, DHS, first; Amber Jenkins, CHS, second; Samantha Griffis, PHS, third; honorable mentions - Tylor Redden, DHS, and Ben Sandoval, DHS.
Oil and acrylics, realistic treatment -- Macy O'Rourke, PHS, first; Gabe Azevedo, DHS, second; Mackenzie Eckstein, HHS, third; honorable mentions - Emily Keleher, HHS, Uyen Nguyen, DHS, and Courtney Cox, HHS.
Abstract, all medias -- Ernest Morris, HHS, first; Uyen Nguyen, DHS, second; Julia Jackson, CHS, third; honorable mentions - Lynzie Stratman, CHS, Liz Robb, DHS, and Alyssa Carter, PHS.
Watercolor, airbrush included -- Uyen Nguyen, first, DHS; Jennifer McDonald, HHS, and Ben Sandoval, DHS, tie for second; Victoria Rogers, DHS, third; honorable mentions - Marlene Fuentes, DHS, Victoria Rogers, DHS, and Mariah Drew, DHS.
Pottery, utilitarian type -- Emily Keleher, HHS, first; Jaquelin Mora, PHS, second; Caitlin Scriver, HHS, third; honorable mentions - Destiny Leon, DHS (two), Rambry Hall, HHS.
Sculpture, all medias -- Devon Wyatt, DHS, first; Amber Jenkins, CHS, second; Destiny Leon, DHS, third; honorable mentions - Taylor Carter, DHS, Colton Hall, HHS, and Dylon Ashby, HHS.
Crafts -- Julia Peterson, PHS, first; Jesus Macias and Caitlyn Littlefield, HHS, second; James Fisher, HHS, third; honorable mention - Jessica Scaulon, HHS, and Sam Galler, HHS.
Mixed media -- Caitlyn Littlefield, HHS, first; Caitlyne Scriver, HHS, second; Julia Jackson, CHS, third; honorable mentions - Daisy Ann McCartys, CHS, Kaylee Dunham, DHS, and Uyen Nguyen, DHS.
The show would not be possible without the help of Connie Williams, the AppleShed Gallery, DHS art instructor Roger Hutchison, and the DHS art department.
Delta's second annual "Kickoff to Christmas" takes place Saturday, Nov. 25. This event is sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and First Colorado National Bank.