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BEST IN SHOW: "This is the Real Me" by Anna Gwiazdowski, Ludington High School

BEST IN SHOW: “This is the Real Me” by Anna Gwiazdowski, Ludington High School

WSCC 20th annual High School Regional Art Exhibition opens

MANISTEE — One of the many interesting components to the West Shore Community College High School Regional Art Competition and Exhibition is the type of artwork entered varies every year.

WSCC professor of art Rebecca Mott, who coordinates the event, said that in the 20 years the show has been in existence something else that remains constant is the quality of the artwork. It is exceptional every year, which is a credit to the students and their instructors.

“The show this year is different in we got more two dimensional entries and very little sculpture and three dimensional objects,” said Mott. “It was a challenge to figure out how to hang it and to find space for everything. The drawing and paintings were really strong and difficult for the juror to decide. In a couple of the categories we added some awards because the artwork was so good.”

This year there are109 entries in the show including works from students at Onekama Consolidated, Manistee Area Public, Brethren, Manistee Catholic Central, Ludington, Mason County Central, Mason County Eastern, Walkerville, Pentwater and Shelby schools.

“We even had entries from three home schooled students this year,” said Mott.

TEXTILES 1ST PLACE: "Emblem" by Robert Jacobson, Manistee Catholic Central

TEXTILES 1ST PLACE: “Emblem” by Robert Jacobson, Manistee Catholic Central

An artist reception was held Sunday at the Manierre Dawson Art Gallery in the Arts and Sciences Building on the campus of West Shore Community College to honor the winners. Taking home the Best in Show for 2018 was Ludington High School student Anna Gwiazdowski for her work “Which is the Real Me.” She also won a first place award for her drawing “Release.”

There also were awards presented on Sunday for painting, drawing, photography, computer manipulation, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, pottery and textiles.

Serving as juror of the event was WSCC humanities professor Bill Sievert, who has a background in photography and painting.

People wanting to view the artwork can do so until March 20 as the gallery hours will be from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Friday it will be open 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“The gallery will also be open during any events that take place during that time at the Center Stage Theatre,” said Mott.

Mott said that over the past 20 years, the lure of having their work shown in an art exhibit is still strong for the students.

“They like to see their work in a professional setting and it is always fun for us to see what students are doing and in some cases we already have a lot of high school students who come out here for dual enrollment courses,” said Mott. “So we may have them in classes and it is interesting to see the work they create in their high school classes.”

Manistee High School art teacher Monte Klein said the show is always a favorite for his students.

PRINTMAKING 2ND PLACE: "Sunflower" by Breanna Alexander, Brethren High School

PRINTMAKING 2ND PLACE: “Sunflower” by Breanna Alexander, Brethren High School

“This year we have nine student artists selected for the contest,” said Klein. We will have entries in drawing, painting, printmaking and photography mediums.”

Students from Manistee High School with works on display are Lexi Bialik, Heather Antal, Breanna Alexander, Kellie Raczkowski, Craig Popkowski, Irene Jara Gutierrez, Kendahl Wright, Noah Owens and Kiwi Kanjanajrean.

“This gathering of regional art continues to be ambitious and focused in representing many talented students,” said Klein.

Onekama Consolidated Schools art teacher Dana Woolman said a show of this nature is great for her students.

“I feel privileged to submit 10 pieces created by our most talented arts students in this 20th annual show,” said Woolman. “I want to thank Rebecca Mott and West Shore Community College for hosting and sponsoring it. Without the college and students the community we wouldn’t have this amazing opportunity to show and compete.”

Onekama students with artwork entered include Carlee Pepera, Katie Sidor, Sylvia Mauntler, Katelyn McGrady, Sophie Somerville, Emilee MacPherson and Kaona March.

Brethren High School art teacher Amanda Mobley said it is more than just an art exhibit to her students. She said they put their heart and soul into their entries.

“‘All of these artists have worked hard this year and many hours have gone into their pieces,” she said. “Whether or not their artwork is selected they are already winners by being brave and putting their artwork out there to be viewed and judged by others. Their pride in their work is evident in the careful craftsmanship of their artworks.”

Mobley said students whose work will be shown are Heidi Lewis, Laura Bone, Kayla Conrad, Savannah Foster, Mariah Pringle and Kaitlyn Weaver. All eight of them were in attendance at the artist’s reception.

“It is a highlight of each teaching year to see these young artists admire their handiwork in a gallery setting and to listen to others admire and validate their work,” said Mobley. “Many of these pieces could not be done in the limited time frame of school, so the majority of these artists have worked on these pieces at home or before or after school in the art room to take them to show quality caliber.”

Seven students from Manistee Catholic Central have a total of 10 entries in this year’s show. Works of Sean Dougherty, Samantha Wilkosz, Robert Jacobson, Rylee Feliczak, Emma Smart, Johanna Hanson and Natalie McLinden will be on display.

MCC Art teacher Mary Wahr said a great deal of pride goes into each entry.

“I look forward to this event each year as an opportunity to showcase some of the artistic talent of Manistee Catholic Central,” said Wahr. “There is a lot of talent in the region and the competition is tough, but part of the experience for the students is being brave enough to share your art with the world. This is a wonderful experience for all these budding artists, not only to share their own artistic vision, but to see how other young people express themselves.”

Mott said something new they have planned for March 16 at the gallery is to have a meeting of the K-12 art teachers in the WSCC districts. Some of the students who have their artwork in the show are invited to come and talk about their work.

“It it will be a small group with art teachers, myself, the students and a few people from the college, but it will give the artists the chance to explain why they did certain things,” said Mott. “It gives them the chance to talk about their work and we are excited to hear about the thought process that went into creating it.”

Mott said people should take the time to view the show as there isn’t an admission charge and that they will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the work that the students have done again this year.

 

 

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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