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Students shine in Blue Line show

Teenagers praised for diversity, creativity and skill of artwork
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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From a distance, the four-color linoleum block print resembles the simple image of a bluebird feeding her three babies.

Up closer, the viewer realizes the bluebird is not giving these baby birds worms. Instead, in her bright yellow beak she holds plastic six-pack rings used for aluminum cans.

Oakmont High School senior Caitlin Pegar created this piece of art, called “Breakfast,” following a presentation she made on environmental issues in her French class. While researching her topic, she happened upon a disturbing photograph.

“There was a picture with a bird and it’s dead and there’s trash in the bird’s stomach,” Pegar said. “That gave me inspiration for the piece.”

Her artwork is currently on display at Blue Line Gallery for Roseville Arts’ — the nonprofit organization behind the gallery — 30th annual High School Student Show, which runs through April 9.

Two gallery spaces showcase 60 pieces of art, including paintings, sketches, photographs and other media created by teenagers who attend public schools throughout south Placer County and charter and private schools in the Sacramento region.

Blue Line Gallery hosted a reception Tuesday and students, parents and art teachers packed the facility to check out the exhibit. Pegar and her mom discovered the gallery a month ago, and were proud to visit again.

“When she told me, I was like that is so cool,” Shannon Pegar said. “She’s always loved doing art and having something displayed is amazing.”

Students representing Granite Bay High School, Oakmont High School, Roseville High School, Woodcreek High School, Del Oro High School, Rocklin High School, Roseville Academy of Math, Science and Engineering, Horizon Charter School, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy and St. Francis High School were in attendance.

Ceramic artist Miriam Morris and painter Sandy Delehanty served as award jurors for the show. During the reception, Delehanty praised the students for being brave enough to put their artwork on display for others to critique.

“This is a scary thing,” she said. “I remember the first time I did it.”

Delehanty and Morris — who wasn’t in attendance but offered her feedback in a letter — commended the students’ artistic diversity, creativity and skill.

Cole Chapman of Granite Bay High School won Best of Show for his oil and acrylic piece, “Never Falling Down,” which depicts the face of his late grandfather superimposed over the house where he lived, surrounded by flowers. The popular piece drew much appreciation from visitors, who stood around admiring the large canvas.

But for most young attendees, winning top prize wasn’t the ultimate goal. Students including Mykaela Bunse expressed excitement just for having their art publicly displayed. Bunse, a student at Roseville Academy of Math, Science and Engineering, used colored pencils to draw her uncle’s bulldog puppy.

Penelope Lenaerts, a sophomore at Granite Bay High School, made “And There it is,” a self-portrait graphite sketch.

“It’s really fun to see everybody’s work,” Lenaerts said. “I’m really impressed, especially with Granite Bay High School students. Mr. (Myron) Stephens is such a great teacher.”

Stephens, an accomplished pop surrealist, teaches art at the high school.

Before the awards ceremony, Alex Howard, a senior at Horizon Charter School in Roseville, checked out her painting, “#18.”

“It’s my first time showing here,” Howard said. “I got inspiration (for my piece) from my 18th birthday, which is in a couple weeks. There are 17 balloons and I’m waiting to get the 18th. I don’t think I’ll win, but it’s still cool to be part of (the show).”

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com.

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High School Student Show 2011

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until April 9. Public reception 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 19

Where: Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St., Suite 100 in Roseville

Cost: Free admission. Donations accepted and artwork for sale

Info: Call (916) 783-4117 or visit www.rosevillearts.org

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High School Student Show winners

Best of Show

Cole Chapman, Granite Bay High School, “Never Falling Down,” oil and acrylic on canvas

1st place

Maggie Louis, Granite Bay High School, “And so it goes on …,” ceramic and low-fire glaze

2nd place

Celina Delgadillo, Oakmont High School, “Love of a Protégé,” encaustic on wood

3rd place

Sonya Weber, Roseville High School, “Ghost Fish,” acrylic on paper

Honorable mention

Mason Hatchman, Oakmont High School, “Loneliness,” digital print

Lauren Scott, Granite Bay High School, “If Only You Had the Key,” acrylic and gold on canvas

Jessica Hadley, Del Oro High School, “A Walk in the Woods,” graphite

Elyse Fulcher, Granite Bay High School, “Meet Borris,” acrylic on canvas