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Volume 6, Issue 47  | June 11, 2021

Local high school artists display their best in wonderful online showcase

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is presenting their 2021 Visual Art Showcase free online between now and Thursday, June 10. The show offers the “best of student artwork from all NMUSD high schools” and from the “artists of tomorrow” from District middle schools.

Despite the challenges of online learning over much of the last year, 14 different mediums were used by high school student artists.

The theme of the show is “Be Moved. Be Fulfilled. Be Inspired.”

Additionally, best of artwork is presented in one “gallery” that has been juried by art professionals.

Newport Harbor High School’s Kaylee Heartman won the Best in Show for her watercolor titled I Can Give You the World. She also won first place in the Painting category for an oil painting titled Make Me Plastic

Local high school Give You the World

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Watercolor by Kaylee Heartman

Newport Harbor High School’s Kaylee Heartman won the Best in Show with this watercolor titled “I Can Give You the World”

The Showcase winners are:

Best in Show

Kaylee Heartman, NHHS, I Can Give You the World

Digital Design

First Place – Daniel Shin, CMHS, The Battle Zone

Second Place – Eber Martinez, EHS, Dream City Thru The Lens

Third Place – Seydi Bierman-Bustillos, ECHS, Surrealism Collage in PIXLR


First Place – Jenny Flores, CMHS, The Beginning of the End

Second Place – Isabel Kehoe, EHS, Las Flores Rosa

Third Place – Tiffany Engel, EHS, Sunset Maroon


First Place – Kaylee Heartman, NHHS, Make Me Plastic

Second Place – Jose Villegas, CMHS, Xolo

Third Place – Anneliese Rodriguez, CdMHS, Starting Over


First Place – Christian Adame, NHHS, Photography

Second Place – Evan Wu, CdMHS, Moody Shack

Third Place – Fernando Mendoza, CMHS, Photography/Light Painting

Mixed Media

First Place – Wynter Somera, CMHS, Smile

Second Place – Bella Rizzo, ECHS, Mixed Media Collage

Third Place – Cayman Zack, CdMHS, Contrast

Print Making

First Place – Ava Muniz, CMHS, Golden Koi

Second Place – Yoshino Haiku, CMHS, Mono-Print w/ ink

Third Place – Lei Lawson, CMHS, Punk Rock Girl

Hand-built Ceramics-Functional

First Place – Pilar Olallo, CMHS, Jones

Second Place – Gemma Lopez, NHHS, Death’s Third Eye Jar

Third Place – Katherine Eimers, NHHS, Brutalist Box


First Place – Eddie Peterson, NHHS, Mindset

Second Place – Eddie Peterson, NHHX, Aluminum Pelican

Third Place – Josseline Gonzalez Reyes, Cloud Campus, Pop-up


First Place – Wynter Somera, CMHS, Abiding Time

Second Place – Anneliese Rodriguez, CdMHS, Fear of God

Third Place – Paige Nguyen, CdMHS, Star Catching

Sculpture/Non-Clay Media

First Place – Brianna Kash, CMHS, Creative Castle

Second Place – Sara Ertac, CdMHS, Bonsai in a Bowl

Third Place – Chase Bergstrom, CdMHS, Bonsai


First Place – Carina Wang, NHHS, Bubble Milk Tea Sadness Road

Second Place – Carina Wang, NHHS, The Composition

Third Place – Zirou Wang, CdMHS, Urgency

Hand-built Ceramics-Non-Functional

First Place – Gemma Lopez, NHHS, Simper

Second Place – Ed Gaites, CMHS, Sucker Punch

Third Place – Kyra Kirsch, CMHS, Weeping

Wheel-thrown Ceramics

First Place – William Harrington, CMHS, Bobby the Bubble Vase

Second Place – Logan Foell, NHHS, Sunset Skies

Third Place – Logan Foell, NHHS, Whimsy and Mums


First Place – Emma Goodman, Gavin Jimenez, Lexi Jaeger & Nathan Sweet, EHS, Chateau

Second Place – Max Ames, CMHS, The Argument

Third Place – Giselle Castro, EHS, Wolf in the Woods

(CdMHS-Corona del Mar High School, CMHS-Costa Mesa High School, ECHS-Early College High School, EHS-Estancia High School, NHHS-Newport Harbor High School)

See all the award-winning entries and more here.

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