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Grand Opening of the 45th Annual Regional High School Art Show and 20th Annual Beauty of Bronze – 3/1/2024

In cooperation with the North Central ESD and the Office of  Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Updated on March 12, 2024.

Wenatchee, Wash. ‚Äď (Feb. 23, 2024) The 45th Annual Regional High School Art Show will open on First Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Visitors will be able to view artwork from students in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties and have an opportunity to vote on their favorite for the People‚Äôs Choice Awards. Guests will also be able to see sculpture pieces from the 20th Annual Beauty of Bronze.

Don Collins, Guest Curator of Exhibits, says, ‚ÄúThe next generation of artists has arrived! These two exhibits, The¬†Regional High School Art Show and Beauty of Bronze, celebrate young artists throughout NCW,¬†their diverse ideas, skills and creative journey.‚ÄĚ

Winners will be recognized in 6 categories: Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, 3-D, and Digital Media. The judges selected 15 Best of Show works to move on to the Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show held virtually in Olympia on May 28th. There will also be three People’s Choice Awards presented at the end of the exhibit.

A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 1-3 PM. In addition to the award categories, Central Washington University will award scholarships.

Judging criteria will follow the state level guidelines established by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Judges are asked to consider three areas: Creativity, Composition and Technique. This year’s regional judges are: Lindsay Breidenthal, Ellen Bruex, and Gregg Schlanger.

Lindsay Breidenthal is a lifelong student of art and freelance painter, muralist, and instructor. Her idea of a better world is one that encourages expressions of creativity, original thinking, and love in the face of fear. She earned a BA in Art Studio is currently a member of the NCW Arts Alliance.

Ellen Bruex is an instructor of Art History, Figure Drawing, and Illustration at Wenatchee Valley College. As a former K-12 Art teacher, she has an appreciation for student artists.

Gregg Schlanger is a Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art + Design at Central Washington University. He received his BFA from Boise State University in 1987 and his MFA from Northern Illinois University in 1989. Gregg’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

The Beauty of Bronze program allows children the opportunity to enhance their learning, cultivate an appreciation for sculpture, all while creating art in the community. The Beauty of Bronze Board of Directors are grateful for the ongoing support provided by schools, parents, local organizations, and the community.

Both the Regional High School Art Show and Beauty of Bronze will run from Friday, March 1st to Saturday, April 6th. For more information call the museum at 509-888-6240 or visit wenatcheevalleymuseum.org.

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