Mid-Columbia students honored for artwork

The Dalles Art Center has announced the 2013 awards for the Annual Mid Columbia Middle and High School open juried show. Retired art instructors Doug Leash and Chuck Kornegay were the judges this year. There were a total of 149 high school entries and eight middle school entries. Hood River Valley High School students won 16 of 21 awards. Ernie’s Locks and Keys, Kiwanis and Bill Noonan are the sponsors of the cash awards that will be handed out at the reception held March 2, from 3-4 p.m. The Dalles Art Center is located at 220 E. Fourth St. Here are the second and third-place winners from Hood River Valley High School:

Portraits: second place, “Sandals,” pencil by Kaylee Asai; third place, “Beauty,” charcoal by Ahnauna Andrews.

Other Medium: first place, “Be-You-Tiful,” collage by Avery Holyoak; second place, “Marlin,” oil pastel by Shaelyn Francis; third place, “Octelephant,” colored pencil by Gannon Olmstead

3-D: second place, “Mermaid Fishtail,” clay by Brenda Ortiz

Honorable Mention

HRVHS winners: “Christmas Veggies,” digital photography, by Jen Mikkelson; “To War,” digital photography, by Jade James; “The Eiffel Tower-Collage,” collage by Christina Garcia; “Same Love,” Prismacolor pencils and paint, by Natalie Wright; “Sea Flower,” mid-range clay and glaze, by Alisha Bales; “Tranquil,” clay, by Jessica Wagar; “Abstract Winter Squash,” clay and iron oxide, by Sierra Johnson.

For details call the art center at 541-296-4759 or visit thedallesartcenter.org

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