Young artists receive student show awards

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Proud parents, family members and friends poured into the MAC Exhibit Center in Sequim on Friday, Feb. 4, as Clallam County student artists were recognized for their entries in the 17th annual

Sequim Arts Student Show.


Thirty awards were handed out Friday evening, 25 of which were split between the junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions of the annual art show, sponsored by Sequim Arts and presented by the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.


Eighty-seven students from across the county contributed to this year’s show, entering a total of 135 works of art that will remain on display through Feb. 26 at the MAC Exhibit Center, 175 W. Cedar St., Sequim.


The event’s top awards, Best in Show, went to Sequim High School senior Patrick Carpenter (senior division) for his acrylic “Artist at Work” and to Pablo Van Renterghem (junior division) for his blown glass vessel “Flowing Water.”


Port Angeles High School sophomore Hope Crandall (senior division) and Mountain View Christian sixth-grader Jeremiah Omann (junior division) won the Sequim Arts President’s Award, while the MAC Director’s Award went to Sequim High School senior Sage Brown (senior division) and Sequim Middle School sixth-grader Jaycee Porrazzo (junior division).  


Brown and Port Angeles High School senior Brandon Standley each were recognized with an Emerging

Artist Award, given by Sequim Arts to graduating seniors.


The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society also presented three awards for bird-themed art, which will be exhibited during Olympic BirdFest 2011 at the Dungeness River Audubon Center in April.


Brown won the category’s top award for her eagle charcoal “Head On.” Second place went to Sequim Middle School seventh-grader Mariam Davitadze for her colored pencil “Owl,” and the pen-and-ink “Quoth the Raven” by Sequim High School sophomore Miriam Hazel placed third.


A list of participants and awards — as well as photos of the award-winning pieces, the awards ceremony and the artists’ reception — can be found at and 



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