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High school artists win 31 awards

By Clint Shaw
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Clint Shaw Pagosa Springs High School art students brought home 31 awards from the recent Intermountain League Art Show. In back, from left, are Omar Ruiz, Nisa Touchon, Cheyan Rice, Devon Jurcak, Austin Marchand and Kody McNutt. In front are Alex Willeford, Isaiah Thompson and Ethan Medlin.

Photo courtesy Clint Shaw
Pagosa Springs High School art students brought home 31 awards from the recent Intermountain League Art Show. In back, from left, are Omar Ruiz, Nisa Touchon, Cheyan Rice, Devon Jurcak, Austin Marchand and Kody McNutt. In front are Alex Willeford, Isaiah Thompson and Ethan Medlin.

On April 25, a group of Pagosa’s high school artists competed in the annual Intermountain League Art Show.

Local students made an exceptional showing of their talents, in a variety of categories. At the end of the day, Pagosa Springs’ competitors took home a total of 31 awards, including both “Best of Show” prizes.

The 31 prize-winning works of art are currently being displayed in the Pagosa Springs High School Library. The Pagosa awards and award winners are:

Best of Show (Beginner) — Omar Ruiz, Photograph.

Best of Show (Advanced) — Omar Ruiz, Color Pencil, Graphite.

Advanced

Acrylic Painting:

Owateeka Murphy — first place.

Maddy Davey — second place.

Isaiah Thompson — honorable mention.

Drawing, Monochromatic:

Ethan Medlin — second place.

Trysten Iverson — third place.

Angette Pastuszeck — honorable mention.

Owateeka Murphy — honorable mention.

Nisa Touchon — honorable mention.

Angela Gallegos — honorable mention.

Drawing, Color:

Alex Willeford — third place.

Drawing, Ink:

Walker Powe — first place.

Isaiah Gallegos — third place.

Walker Powe — honorable mention.

Mixed Media:

Alex Willeford — first place.

Alex Willeford — honorable mention.

Beginner

Drawing, Monochromatic:

Jesse Mann — second place.

Zakk Brown — honorable mention.

Colton Polzynski — honorable mention.

Drawing, Color:

Kailey Carr — first place.

Sara Dale _ second place.

Sara Sloan — third place.

Zakk Brown — honorable mention.

Megan Byrum — honorable mention.

Megan Byrum — honorable mention.

Drawing, Ink:

Ben Miller — first place.

Sculpture:

Omar Ruiz — second place.

Mixed Media:

Sara Sloan — first place.

Photography, Digital:

Jacqueline Garcia — honorable mention.

Photography, Manipulated:

Omar Ruiz — first place.

The public is invited to a student art show May 9, at 6 p.m. This event will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. The show will consist of artwork created by advanced students who have completed the Art III course or higher.

The opening reception will include musical performances by members of the Americana Project, a Pagosa springs High School course designed to encourage musical expression through songwriting and performing. Immediately following the reception, there will be a complimentary dress rehearsal of “Hidden: Stories from the Dutch Resistance,” for students only. Attend the show on May 9 and help support your local, emerging high school artists.

This story was posted on May 9, 2013.