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Estacada art students celebrate success at showcase

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Ali Hart's piece 'Reflection of Inner Beauty' took first place for painting at the 2016 Tri-Valley League Art Showcase and Conference.

Estacada High School art students received recognition for their work and built upon previous knowledge of their craft during the 2016 Tri-Valley League Art Showcase and Conference.

On Tuesday, April 26, art students from Estacada, Gladstone, Molalla and Madras gathered at Gladstone High School to participate in the annual event. Art teachers brought their top 12 students, who each brought as many as three pieces of art to be entered in the competition.

Estacada students took home many awards for their work.

Dillon Zheol took second place for mixed media; Cliona Martin took third for mixed media and second place for printmaking; Trinity Sampair took second for painting; Haley Weilert received second place for photography; Ali Hart got first place for painting, and Brittany Allwine took first and second for graphic and digital arts, as well as best of show for Estacada High School.

“It was a really strong showing,” said art teacher Janice Packard. “I’m so proud of my students.”

Packard, who facilitates her students’ participation in multiple contests per year, said the community element of the Tri-Valley conference always stands out to her.

“It’s a day of coming together and celebrating what we’ve been working on all year,” she said. “There’s so much excitement. It’s such an inspirational day.”

In addition to celebrating their accomplishments, the students learned more about different types of art. While the works were being juried, students participated in workshops on metal sculpture, making ceramics tools, vinyl transfers and encaustic painting, all of which were led by professional artists.

Martin said the workshops were her favorite part of the day.

“It was really exciting to learn all of the different techniques,” she said. “I really liked how hands-on the workshops were.”

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