Molalla, Canby students' work featured in art show
Artwork from Molalla High School students and Canby's Baker Prairie Middle School students are among those now virtually on display in the fifth annual Clackamas Education Service District Regional Art Show.
The show is normally held in person, but it moved online for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"While the challenges presented by the pandemic have been daunting, many students have been able to use art as an outlet, and the samples of their work in this year's show are stunning," Clackamas ESD Superintendent Jada Rupley said. "It's so inspiring to see such talent, nurtured by our region's art teachers, on display."
One piece, titled "Climate Change Anxiety," comes from Molalla sophomore Eva King.
"One of the most prevalent consequences of ignoring global warming for decades is the extreme weather," King said in her description of the piece. "In September, wildfires surrounded and devastated our town, and just last week, thousands were left without power and freezing in their homes. It can't help but make you wonder if climate change is finally taking its toll on our environment."
Another piece is "Ghastly Friends" by Baker Prairie eighth-grader Davan Page. The pencil and ink drawing portrays monocular, or one-eyed, creatures.
Also featured is the painting "The Tree by the River" by Molalla freshman Millenia Dahl, executed in an impressionist style. According to Dahl, the image of a cherry blossom tree in full bloom and a river below was greatly inspired by artists Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Edouard Manet.
Molalla junior Taunie Davis-Lamb combined real and imaginary elements in her piece, "Jellyfish Daydream," which depicts a person exhaling jellyfish in blue skies.
Canby seventh-grader Brianna Lopez Garcia brought a pencil drawing of an avocado to the show with her piece titled "Split," and eighth-grader Maggie Wilson created a pencil drawing of an anime dragon in "Dragoon."
Molalla sophomore Libbey Briley's featured work is an acrylic portrait of her pet, Frank the leopard gecko, eating shed skin from his tail. Junior Ashley Goetz made it into the show with her graphite drawings of her grandfather's sewing machine.
School district art teachers personally curated and selected student work for the show, which was no small task in this year's distance learning environment. The 2021 art show encompasses a range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, digital art and ceramics from 107 students throughout Clackamas County. The full gallery is available online at clackesd.org/2021-clackamas-esd-regional-art-show-virtual-gallery.
The entries are being adjudicated by a panel of art professionals, and grade-level awards will be presented in a Facebook Live event at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. Award winners will receive prizes ranging from free art classes to art scholarships, thanks to support from Pacific Northwest College of Art, One River School of Art + Design and Clackamas Community College.
"We are doubly grateful this year to everyone who has helped us create a wonderful virtual event — our dedicated regional art teachers, our volunteer judges, our generous sponsors and, of course, our talented students," Rupley said. "In a year that has brought so much pain to our communities, it is incredibly meaningful to celebrate the work of students, and honor the emotions and experiences they are revealing through their art."
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.