Students from Sequim to Neah Bay create oeuvres for art show [ *** PHOTO GALLERY *** ]
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Devon Santiago, 16, loves octopi to begin with. She kept discovering more marine life to add to her “Deep Water” painting, which is part of the March exhibition at the Museum & Arts Center.
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Sequim High School junior Danyelle Wilson’s painting of singer John Mayer won a Merit Award in the Sequim Arts Student Show. Danyelle also has a landscape painting of Hurricane Ridge in the show. Photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News.
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Sequim High School senior Mollie Smith, 18, went all-out for beauty with “Peacock,” her entry in the Sequim Arts Student Art Show. At top is “Glitter Portrait,” a merit award winner by Port Angeles High senior Lexie Pankowski. Photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News.
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Micki Villicaņa, 16, drew herself in Paris, the place she would most like to go some day. The Forks High School student’s self-portrait is in the new show at the Museum & Arts Center in Sequim. Photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

19th annual Sequim Arts Student Show award winners
HERE ARE THE award winners in the Sequim Arts Student Show:

■ Senior Division (Grades 9-12): Best in Show — “Dancing in the Sunset” (watercolor) by Ashlyn Johnson, senior, Port Angeles; second — “Untitled” (pen and ink) by Julianna Milles, sophomore, Sequim; third — “Fish II” (pencil) by Halie Wilson, sophomore, Sequim.

■ Sequim Arts President's Award: “The Illusion” (ceramic) by Julie Miller, senior, Sequim.

■ MAC Director's Award: “Bambi Eyes” (photograph) by Aaron Wright, junior, Port Angeles.

■ Merit Awards: “Glitter Portrait” (collage/glitter) by Lexie Pankowski, senior, Port Angeles; “John Mayer” (acrylic and watercolor) by Danyelle Wilson, junior, Sequim; “Chrysanthemum” (colored pencils) by Kaylen Barber, freshman, Sequim.

■ Olympic Peninsula Driftwood Sculptors awards for 3-D art: First — “Playing Broken Song” (clay) by Ashlyn Johnson, senior, Port Angeles; second — “Pendant” (metal) by Trent LaCour, home-schooled, grade 11.

■ Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society awards for bird-related art: First — “Bird” (scratchboard) by Katherine Atkins, junior, Sequim; second — “Blue Bird” (pastel and tempura) by Halie Wilson, sophomore, Sequim; honorable mention — “Peacock” (acrylic) by Mollie Smith, senior, Sequim.

■ Dungeness River Audubon Center awards for wildlife art: First — “Welcome to Heaven” (fused glass) by Sarah Necco, junior, Sequim; second — “Never Last” (acrylic) by Julie Miller, senior, Sequim; third — “Peter Rabbit” (watercolor) by Amelia Ohnstad, senior, Sequim; honorable mentions — “Deep Water” (mixed media) by Devon Santiago, junior, Sequim; “Untitled” (scratchboard) by Cheyenne Sokkappa, sophomore, Sequim.

■ Emerging Artist Awards: Grace Trautman, senior, Sequim; and Aubrianna Howell, senior, Port Angeles.

■ Junior Division (grades 6-8): Best in Show — “Thunderbird's Perch” (block print) by Flora Walchenbach, Sequim, grade 6; second — “Ambitious” (graphite) by Marshall Conway, Sequim, grade 8; third — “Fish” (pen and ink) by Adare McMinn, Sequim, grade 7.

■ Sequim Arts President's Award: “Wolves” (pen and ink) by Linda Rogers, Sequim, grade 8.

■ MAC Director's Award: “Hear My Thoughts” (pencil) by Kira Maddox, home schooled, grade 7.

■ Merit Awards: “Breakaway” (pencil) by Kira Maddox, home-schooled, grade 7; “Sunrise” (fiber arts) by Stephanie LaCour, home-schooled, grade 8; “Imagination” (colored pencil) by Mikaela Dodson, Olympic Christian School, grade 8.

■ Olympic Peninsula Driftwood Sculptors awards for 3-D art: First — “Bird Bath” (pottery, metal, paper) by Anna Potter, Olympic Peninsula Academy, grade 8; second — “Sleeping Dragon” (ceramic) by Holly Tilton, home-schooled, grade 7.

■ Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society award for bird-related art: “Bird Watching” (acrylic and watercolor) by Anna Potter, Olympic Peninsula Academy, grade 8.
Peninsula Daily News
SEQUIM — In your art, you can create any world you want.

So learned the students whose work is celebrated in the show now open at the Museum & Arts Center, 175 W. Cedar St., Sequim.

The MAC was packed Friday night with teenagers and their parents, brothers and sisters for the 19th annual Sequim Arts Student Show, a multimedia display of nearly 100 pieces by youngsters from Sequim to Neah Bay.

Artist Karin Anderson of Sequim organized the show, which will stay on display through March 29 at the center, where admission is free.

“We didn't know she could do this,” said Andra Smith of Sequim, referring to her 18-year-old daughter Mollie's art.

Mollie, who plans to major in political science and global studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma next fall, said she had to take a fine arts class to graduate from Sequim High School.

She chose painting and went all-out for beauty with an up-close, personal view of a peacock.

Devon Santiago, another Sequim High student, dived into the world below the surface.

Anchored by a scarlet octopus, her “Deep Water” is a vision of stovepipe coral, moorish idols and spotted eagle rays.

Devon, 16, has yet to scuba dive, but she learned about these animals on the Internet and used acrylics and modeling paste to depict their undersea community.

In Wendy Bennett's drawing class of just five students at Forks High School, Micki Villicaņa lit out for Paris. The assignment: Create a portrait of yourself in a place where you want to go.

Micki, 16, stands in front of the Eiffel Tower, of course.

Favorite show

The Sequim Arts Student Show is “my favorite,” proclaimed DJ Bassett, the MAC executive director who sees more than a dozen exhibitions come through the center each year.

He presided over the bestowing of some $1,000 in cash and art supplies sponsored by local businesses and art community members.

One prize has yet to be given: the People's Choice Award, for which voting will continue until March 29. As with the Best in Show honors in the senior and junior divisions, a $50 cash award, sponsored by local artist Judy Priest, will go to the People's Choice winner.

With the Sequim Arts Student Show and its permanent exhibits on local history, the MAC is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

For more on the center and Sequim Arts, visit or, or phone the MAC at 360-683-8110.


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

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