SEQUIM — “Butterfly Mustache,” “The Frozen North” and “Tattoo Angel” are a few of the award-winning creations awaiting visitors all month at the Museum & Arts Center, the free exhibition space at 175 W. Cedar St.
These images, made by young artists from across Clallam County, are part of the 18th annual Sequim Arts Student Show, which opened March 2 with a public party and presentation of honors.
The show, encompassing 128 entries and 79 student artists, is at the MAC through March 31.
Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
That “Butterfly Mustache,” an acrylic painting, came from the hands of Patrick Carpenter, a Sequim High School senior who won the Sequim Arts President’s Award for it, while Forks High School senior Eddy Bartley won one of two Sequim Arts Emerging Artist Awards for “The Frozen North,” a graphite drawing.
The other Emerging Artist winner is Neah Bay High senior JaDe Shaw for her mixed-media piece “War of Two Worlds.”
“Tattoo Angel,” a graphite drawing, won two honors for Sequim Middle School eighth-grader Rebekah Johnston: the Best of Show junior division award and the junior MAC Director’s Award.
The senior division Director’s Award was presented to Sequim High senior Blake Bryant for the untitled ceramic piece he entered in the exhibition, while the Best of Show senior division honor went to Sequim High School sophomore Sarah Necco for her acrylic “Self Portrait.”
Two other Sequim students won the Sequim Arts President’s Award: Sequim High senior Patrick Carpenter claimed the senior division prize, and Sequim Middle School seventh-grader Jensen Heike won the junior division.
The Olympic Driftwood Sculptors club also presented three awards for three-dimensional artwork: First place in the senior division went to home-schooled sophomore Kendra Harvey for her ceramic “Giraffe’s Pride,” and Olympic Peninsula Academy seventh-grader Anna Potter won the junior division honor for her “Copper Swirl Lamp.”
The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society recognized four more students with awards for bird-themed art, with the category’s top prize presented to Port Angeles High School senior Megan Perrizo for her ink “Night Life.”
During the show’s opening reception, which was part of the March 2 First Friday Art Walk in downtown Sequim, nearly 500 people visited the Museum & Arts Center, according to MAC spokeswoman Renee Mizar.
The complete list of award winners, with photos of the student artists taken during the reception, are at www.SequimArts.org.
The list and photos also can be found, along with more information about other museum exhibits, at www.MacSequim.org.
Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3550 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.