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DP Students Turn Their Heritage into Art

By Jaden Gill and Kiana Sinaki

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On April 7th, Dos Pueblos artists and their families and friends joined other local high school artists for the 2017 Grandparent Portrait Show, funded and sponsored by the Student Art Fund. Sculptures, photographs, paintings, and drawings of student’s grandparents were put on display in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Central Library for a reception and award ceremony celebrating the talent and storytelling of young artists.

“The Grandparent Exhibit is an exhibition of student artwork from secondary art classes throughout the Santa Barbara School District,” said Jacqueline Kelemen, DP photography teacher. “The show is comprised of hundreds of art pieces that celebrate the beauty and lives of students’ grandparents.”

A jury selected 179 of 500 pieces submitted for consideration, proceeding to distribute Awards of Excellence to the most impressive entries.

Among the winners were Emily La (11) who accepted The American Riviera Bank Award for her watercolor and pencil portrait and Rena Yang (11) who created an oil and gouache piece that won The Aquiesse Award.

“I viewed the Grandparent show as an opportunity to explore new mediums, techniques, and palettes,” Yang said. “I’m grateful to the sponsors who made the event possible and continue to encourage student artists around Santa Barbara.”

Josie Doughty (12) received The Bonnie Hill Award for her pencil and charcoal portrait of her grandfather, while Francisco Oropeza (12) won The Kovacs Family Award for his clay and acrylic sculpture. A handful of DP students, including Becky Au (10), Sophie Cameron (12), and Emily Sam (12), accepted honorable mentions at the event as well.

“The Grandparent Portrait Project is one that connects students with their family roots and pride,” Audie Love, one of the Grandparent Portrait Show creators, told the Student Art Fund. “Getting students to focus on the faces of their grandparents is a way of strengthening those connections.”

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