By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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This is the 20th annual Sequim Arts Student Show, a celebration of young artists from all over Clallam County, and it covers the gamut of subject matter.
The 119 works of art include three winners from Sequim High School: senior Heidi Stallman's “Elephant” sculpture, which won the senior division's Best in Show; Danyelle Wilson's painting “A Pristine Place to Be,” winner of second prize; and “Nose to Nose,” Sarah Grace Necco's senior-division third-place winner.
Sequim Arts already has awarded some $1,400 in cash prizes to the top works, chosen by show juror Judy de Chantal. First place in the senior and junior divisions — grades 9-12 and 6-8, respectively — netted each winner $250, while the second prize was $175 and third $100.
The show was open to students in grades 6-12 in Clallam County schools — public, private, home-schooled and religious.
Beyond the Sequim Arts awards, the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, American Legion Post 62 in Sequim, Olympic Peninsula Driftwood Sculptors and Olympic Peaks Camera Club awarded prizes according to their criteria, such as artwork celebrating birds and nature.
People's Choice award
One more cash award will be bestowed: the People's Choice prize.
Members of the public are invited to come see the show — admission is free, and The Landing atrium is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily — to vote for a favorite work between now and March 30.
The winner, to be announced April 1, will receive $100.
The student show's sponsors made these prizes possible, said co-organizer Noel Leone. Supporters in Sequim include the noon Rotary Club, Colors of Sequim, Clear Image, Olympic Game Farm, The Brokers Group and artists Randy and Sallie Radock; in Port Angeles, they include the Elks Naval Lodge, Hallett & Associates, Frugals and Interfor Pacific.
Leone coordinated the show with fellow artist Sue Scott, working with the 83 participating students and their teachers, encouraging them to write artist's statements and help install the artwork at The Landing, which hosted the event for the first time this year. In previous years, Sequim's Museum & Arts Center was the venue.
Scott and Leone “are the ones who worked so hard on this 20th anniversary show and made it really special,” said Sequim Arts President Linda Stadtmiller.
To find out more about the student show and the nonprofit Sequim Arts, visit www.SequimArts.org.
Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at email@example.com.