08-15-12: Student artists recognized at Dan Vesey-Deb Munson Art Show
08-15-12: Student artists recognized at Dan Vesey-Deb Munson Art Show

More than 100 students, teachers, family members, and friends filled the Karshner Museum in late May for the annual Dan Vesey-Deb Munson Art Show artist reception and awards program.

The event recognized student artists in kindergarten through grade 12.

Top winners received cash awards from the school district’s co-sponsor, Valley Arts United, and each student artist received a certificate of recognition. Artwork is judged based on creativity and originality, as well as overall quality.

The Dan Vesey-Deb Munson Art Show is held each year in honor of the late Dan Vesey, a local artist who taught art in the district for 30 years, and Debbie Munson, an art teacher in the district for 35 years.

This year’s exhibit recognized 102 student artists in kindergarten through grade 12 whose work was selected to hang in the gallery after a review of more than 240 entries.

The remaining artwork was displayed at the district’s administrative offices throughout the month of May in honor of Arts Education Month statewide.

In addition to announcing the judges’ top pick in the two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and photography categories, the evening reception revealed the winners of the Superintendent’s Choice award.

The winning pieces are on permanent display at the school district’s administrative offices, 302 Second St. S.E. in Puyallup.

This year’s top four winning artists are:

Two-dimensional art
Jennifer Garcia-Herrada
Rogers High School

Jennifer Garcia-Herrada won first place for a painting of a Native American dancer that features a combination of both tempura paints and black Indian ink.

Garcia- Herrada, who is a senior at Rogers High this year, created her painting based on a photograph of a Native American dancer in full regalia.

The 17-year-old used brightly-colored tempura paints for all areas but those she wanted black, which she left blank. She then covered the entire painting with black Indian ink, ran the painting immediately under cold water, and ended up with black paint remaining in only those areas of the painting she had left blank.

Garcia-Herrada said she was inspired by the culture behind her piece. She moved to Washington from Guadalajara, Mexico six years ago and had seen Native American dancers in her native country.

She began taking painting classes in tenth grade under the direction of teacher Susan Templeton and plans to continue taking art classes in college.

Three-dimensional art
Tanner Shula
Rogers High School

Tanner Shula, who graduated in June, took the top prize in three-dimensional ceramics for a white vase he created featuring a carved relief (raised) design.

Shula began his project by throwing clay on a pottery wheel. When the clay was leather-hard, he used a tool to etch a wavy design on the outside, carving away pieces to create the relief design.

He fired the project in the school kiln and used a white matte glaze to cover the vase with a thin silver edge along the top.

Shula took his first two ceramics classes in his junior year and his final two in his senior year while also helping as a teacher’s assistant for ceramics teacher Cynthia Fabulich-Tate.

The 18-year-old plans to play basketball this fall for Olympic Community College in Bremerton and plans to purchase a pottery wheel so that he can continue to make ceramics as a hobby at home.

Emma Scherer
Rogers High School

Emma Scherer won the top photography prize with a portrait she took in natural lighting in her home.

Scherer’s finished work is a close-up of one of her friend’s faces, which is painted in vibrant acrylics.

Scherer, who graduated in June, studied photography under the direction of teacher John Tylzak.

In this project, she said she wanted to do a portrait-style piece with a studio appearance. The winning piece is one of many painted faces she photographed over a six-week period and included in her art portfolio.

The 18-year-old will enter Seattle University this fall and plans to major in International Studies.

Superintendent’s Choice
Jeff Woods
Rogers High School

Jeff Woods is the winner of the “Superintendent’s Choice” award with his chalk drawing of an old motorcycle shop in Tacoma.

Woods, who graduated in June, used a white chalk pastel fine-line pencil to draw most of his design, which he recreated from a photograph provided by the Ezra Meeker Historical Society.

His drawing, selected by former Superintendent Tony Apostle for the award, features a man standing in front of two café racer-style motorcycles in front of a motorcycle shop. Woods guesses the photo is likely set in the 1940s.

The 18-year-old, who took design and studio art classes at Rogers High, said he was excited to focus on the heritage of Puyallup in his piece.

He plans to study fine arts this fall at Seattle Central Community College and eventually major in creative or industrial design at a four-year university.