Photos by Marcy Stamper
“Seattle Weather,” left, a portrait by Cymone Van Marter, won best-of-show.

By Marcy Stamper

Seven Liberty Bell High School students have won awards for their art in the 39th-annual Regional High School Art Show.

Freshman Cymone Van Marter was honored with best-of-show for her moody black-and-white photo portrait, a photograph entitled “Seattle Weather.”

“Solar System,” center, by Nicholas Fitzmaurice, got first place in the 3-D category.

Junior Nicholas Fitzmaurice also took best-of-show, and first place in the three-dimensional category, for “Solar System,” a distinctive sculpture made from recycled books. Fitzmaurice also received a $1,000 scholarship from Central Washington University, one of six awarded by the school. Students can use the scholarships if they decide to attend Central, although they don’t have to study art.

In the mixed-media division, juniors Lucy Cole and Icel Sukovaty and freshman Camille Odell won third place for “Bird Books,” which incorporates painting and recycled books in a sophisticated wall sculpture.

In the digital media/video productions category, juniors Athena Milani and Kyleen Romero were honored with third place for their witty black-and-white still-motion video “Chess Dance,” which shows chess pieces moving around the chessboard in choreographed formations.

“Bird Books,” above, by Lucy Cole, Icel Sukovaty and Camille Odell, won third place for mixed-media art.

In addition to these students, 12 other Liberty Bell students entered the event.

All the students used the International Baccalaureate design cycle for their art, which includes developing a concept and art skills “Students practiced being open-minded while they stretched their thinking, creative and reflective skills trying out various solutions to each artistic challenge,” said art teacher Robin Nelson Wicks.

Artwork from students in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties is on display at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center until May 5. The two best-of-show winners will go on to the state competition in Olympia at the end of March, where they will represent the Central Region at the State Art Show. Museum visitors can see digital representations of those pieces in Wenatchee after March. Visitors can also vote for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award.