The 29 Palms Art Gallery hosted an awards reception on Sunday, Feb. 1, for the annual Students Art Show, a juried art exhibition open to junior and senior high school students of the Morongo Basin. Cathy Allen of Copper Mountain College Art Department was the judge for this year’s student show, which features 145 works of art by local budding artists in photography, painting, watercolor, drawing, and mixed media. The show will remain on display at the gallery through Feb. 22.
A highlight of the annual event is the $500 Ada Bigler Award, presented in memory of the late artist and Guild member to a high school senior whose talent shows outstanding artistic merit and potential. This year’s recipient of the scholarship award was Cheyene Hernandez of Krista Wargo’s senior class at Yucca Valley High School for her tempera painting “Apple of My Eye.”
Nic Hopton, another of Ms. Wargo’s students at Yucca Valley High School, was awarded the $250 Copper Mountain College scholarship prize for his tempera painting “The Trap House.”
Yucca Valley High School students won all four awards in the Painting category: Sydney Rieman won first place for a tempera painting “Sunlight”; Lily Naylor second place for her “Nightmares” watercolor; Emmie Partridge third place for “Crimson” salt and acrylic work; and Nic Hopton an honorable mention for “The Trap House” tempera painting.
Twentynine Palms High School students of Mr. Howes’ classes dominated the Photography category, with first place going to Kamaljot Singh for “The Golden Apple,” second place to River Smith for “Gentle Shadow,” and third place to Megan Pinilla for “Butterfly.”
In the Drawing category, three of four awards went to Yucca Valley High School students: Gabriella Romero first place for “Flying Fireworks” pastel, Matthew Carr second place for “Planet X” pencil drawing, and Arturo Reyes honorable mention for “Texture Lines” pen and ink. Third place went to Jessy Dickerson of Hope Academy for a charcoal titled “Young Tarzan.”
In the Other category, Christopher Falossi, an ICE West student, won first place for a limestone sculpture titled “Chuckwalla.” Second place went to Michael Yando for a “Self Portrait” digital work, and third place was awarded to Matthew Wiederhold for his print “Linkin Park”; both students of Ms. Morales at Hope Academy. Honorable mention was given to Markie Rauschenberg of Yucca Valley High School for a mixed media piece, “Bleu.”
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is open 12 to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For directions or more information about the exhibition or upcoming art classes, call the gallery at (760) 367-7819.