Students present an artful evening

After stepping across the threshold of Crescenta Valley High School's art building, one might question whether they were on a high school campus on in a gallery at the Getty.

On the evening of March 13, from 6 to 9 p.m., Crescenta Valley High School's AP Studio Art students presented a gallery show of their work in the school's art building. The exhibit included over 100 pieces of artwork that the students had created over two years. The featured artists were Mari Arakaki, Yoo Jin Baik, Jane Choi, Siobhan Hebron, Chris Kalama, Dianne Kim, Joanna Lee, Yoo Jin Lim, Jillian Mascheroni, and Chanmee Park.

Guests included friends and family of the artists and students and art aficionados from the community. There were some special guests in attendance as well.

“I arrived weary but left with energy, and this show certainly rocked my soul,” commented John Howarth, an instructor at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. “It really inspires me to see all these young artists doing what they do. I'm going to go home and sketch after this.”

The artists were especially overjoyed by the number of people who came to the show and appreciated their hard work. Many were repeat attendees who had dropped in during school hours. “Most of all, I just hope that people leave feeling a bit more confused so they could search themselves more and open up their minds,” said artist Lee. “Perhaps they'll rediscover the imagination they had as little kids that they had forgotten about, and no one has to be super talented to create art.”

Perhaps most proud of the artists' accomplishments was instructor Sarah Wiggins. “I was awe struck by the kids' talent and by the fact that they were able to pull together a show that was organized and cohesive,” she said.

The evening was a success, rounded out with music by former student Cody Farwell and light refreshments provided for all the guests.

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