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Student Cover Art Contest Winners 2009

ART TRIUMPHS
The East Bay Monthly’s ninth annual Cover Contest celebrates the work of young artists and their teachers in public and private schools throughout the East Bay. The 2009 winner is 17-year-old Andrea Perman’s chalk pastel, Hopscotch, evoking the carefree (yet still safely bordered) world of childhood.
Give a child a crayon, a piece of chalk, or some paint, and they always know what to do. Making art is as much a part of childhood as skinned knees and back-to-school shopping but sadly, it continues to disappear from classrooms due to cutbacks in education funding. This year’s Cover Contest participants remind us of how dedicated parents and teachers—and kids—are keeping art alive in the face of shrinking budgets.
Award-winning and honorable mention work from East Bay artists in grades six to 11 who participated in The Monthly’s student cover art contest will be on display at Blick Art Materials, 811 University Ave., Berkeley, Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Monthly publisher Karen Klaber will present the awards Sunday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m . For info: (510) 486-2600.

FIRST PLACE
Andrea Perman
Piedmont High School
Hopscotch
(chalk pastel)

At 17, high school senior Andrea Perman no longer considers herself a child. But last fall, when her Piedmont High art teacher assigned the class to create a piece that celebrated something, childhood was the first thing that came to Perman’s mind. The result was Hopscotch, a buoyant-feeling chalk pastel depicting the classic sidewalk jumping game—and a pair of airborne young legs. It’s a winner all the way around: not only did “Hopscotch” take first prize in our 2009 student art competition, but it also nabbed second place at the Piedmont High annual art show last spring.
Although her preschool days are long behind her, Perman admits that she especially enjoys working with chalk pastels because “you can just smear them around with your fingers”—no paintbrush required. Plus, she says, “they are so forgiving.”
Over the summer, Perman whittled away at the requirements for this year’s Advanced Placement Art class, completing a view of herself and friends from the back, and another of “feet wearing funny socks.” But art is not her only interest: she sings with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, runs track—and, like most teenagers, enjoys hanging out with her friends. And although she’ll always enjoy art, she says, she’s planning a very grown-up career in medicine.

SECOND PLACE
Grace Shun
Head-Royce School
The Spirit Within
(colored pencil)
While observing her beagle, Oscar, going about his daily life, Grace Shun considered how much of an animal’s wild instincts remain intact after years and years of domestication.
“You can’t hold them down,” Shun says, just days before packing up and moving from Alameda to Honolulu, where she will begin high school at President Obama’s alma mater, Punahou School. In The Spirit Within, rendered in colored pencil, a soulful beagle gazes out from the grass while a colorful design twists in the background. The design, Shun explains, represents the animal spirit, always present even in the most domesticated beast. While the dog is not supposed to specifically represent Oscar, he was her inspiration.
Shun, who finished eighth grade at Head-Royce School in Oakland last June, has been making art since she was tiny, including countless self-portraits and drawings of horses. Last year at an after-school program at Monart School for the Arts in Alameda, Shun explored working with watercolor, graphite, and pastel. But her living room served as her main studio for The Spirit Within. On heading to Hawaii, Shun says she looks forward to being in a new place, investigating a new style of living, and studying glass blowing.

THIRD PLACE
Kelsey Rinehart
Piedmont High School
Evan
(acrylic)
Kelsey Rinehart’s Evan is a painting of a photograph she took of her boyfriend one spring afternoon at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. “I just really loved the photograph and I wanted to paint it,” says Rinehart, 17. “It’s a really personal piece. It’s important to me emotionally, a really good memory.”
One of a series of three paintings of that day at the beach—the other two are of Rinehart alone and the couple together—Evan captures the slanting afternoon light and the reflections off the water, as a lone figure exuberantly balances on one hand.
Rinehart can’t remember a time when she was not doing some kind of art and hopes that it will always stay in her life. She has just started an Advanced Placement art class at Piedmont High School, where she is a senior this year. But she does most of her best work at home, where she has an easel, or with Evan, a fellow painter, at his house. When asked how much time she spends on her art during the school year, she laughs and says, “Way too much time—hours and hours!”

HONORABLE MENTION
Nicole Song Jereczek, Untitled (acrylic)
Sarah Levin, Untitled (watercolor)
Henry Staley, City (tempera)
Kyle Trujillo, Rainbow Painter (colored pencil).
(Check back later to see the Honorabel Mention Art)

 

 

FIRST PLACE
Andrea Perman
Piedmont High School
Hopscotch (chalk pastel)

 

 

SECOND PLACE
Grace Shun
Head-Royce School
The Spirit Within
(colored pencil)

 

 

 

THIRD PLACE
Kelsey Rinehart
Piedmont High School
Evan
(acrylic)

 

Honorable Mentions

Nicole Song Jereczek, Untitled (acrylic)
Sarah Levin, Untitled (watercolor)
Henry Staley, City (tempera)
Kyle Trujillo, Rainbow Painter.

 

 


 

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