WLHS students exhibit in Portland, Lake Oswego

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Scott Mckowen's piece, titled 'Fauvist Landscape.'Students at West Linn High School exhibited their talents at the juried art show “Artist Statement,” which ran through Dec. 2 at Pioneer Place in downtown Portland.

The exhibit was hosted by the Oregon Art Education Association. West Linn students’ artwork was selected from entries in the entire Portland metro area. This is the second year West Linn High School has participated in the event.

“This is quite an honor for students,” Diane Gauthier, West Linn High School fine arts teacher, sais. “For more students the news came as a total delight and surprise. I think this is the first time many have exhibited in a gallery space.”

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Dana Rost's piece, 'Pomegranate.'Gauthier said the event was intended to bring together the high school art community — students and teachers. Five students from Ann Breyne’s photography class, five students from Gauthier’s art class and nine students from Lynn Pass’ art class exhibited work, which ranged from ceramics and sculpture, to paintings, mixed media pieces, photography and drawings.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Sidney Pinger's batik 'Cut Pear and Tree Branches.'

Eleventh-grader Caroline Sutten showcased a watercolor landscape based on a photograph.

“I really enjoy watercolor,” she said. “There is a a lot of room for mistakes, yet you can work with mistakes and come up with something different.”

Senior Emma Kennard showcased two pieces. One, is a self-portrait done in ink.

“It’s kind of bizarre,” she said. “It’s me, and I’m not wearing anything and it’s down to my waist and I’m holding a wolf while it’s choking on a pomegranate that’s on fire. ... I would consider this the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Junior Amanda Commings showcased a full-color photograph of a turtle.

“I took the photo in Hawaii over the summer,” she said. “I was just playing around with our underwater camera and I got a shot where it was half on the land and half in the water.”

Senior Arianna Hall showcases a deer she painted with an airbrush.

“I really like the graphic feel and tones you can get with airbrush,” she said, mentioning her father taught her the medium this summer. “It’s just a really cool medium to work with.”

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Arianna Hall's piece, 'Robo Deer.'Senior Grace Wall showcased a full-color photograph of an elephant and its baby at the Oregon Zoo.

“The baby elephant was pushing the mom,” she said. “It’s a cute picture because their trunks are together and it looks like they are having a really intimate moment.”

The student artwork from the exhibit “Artist Statement” will also be exhibited until Dec. 31 at Moonstruck Chocolate Co., 45 S. State St., Lake Oswego. For more information, visit or call 503-697-7097.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Emma Kennard's piece, 'Self Portrait With Wolf.'by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Abi Tudorache's batik, 'Pears.'

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Leah Olson's mixed media piece, 'Hands and Music.'

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