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Ortiz and Pesina place at WaMaC Art Show

May 3, 2018
By Kacee Hamor - Special to The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Seniors Noah Fonseca, Joel Medina, Kaylee Chyma, Kacee Hamor, and Victor Pesina, juniors Chaysen Old Bear and Parker Noe, sophomore Selena Ortiz and freshman Molly Savage all represented South Tama High School at the WaMaC art show on Wednesday, April 11.

"Many of the students are seniors and this is their last go around, but I also took a few underclassmen in order to give them the experience to blossom as artists," said Nate Doran, high school art teacher.

Ortiz won first place in the colored pencil category and third place in the acrylic painting category for her piece Ambivalent Creatures. Pesina took home second place in the sculpture category.

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L-R- Molly Savage, Kaylee Chyma, Joel Medina, Kacee Hamor, Chaysen Old Bear, Selena Ortiz, Victor Pesina were among South Taam High School students exhibiting works at the WaMaC?Art Show.
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"It made me feel cool and I liked the exposure my art recieved. I got a couple compliments on my art which made me feel good," said Ortiz, "I was doubtful, but I got excited when I heard my name called out. Both of my pieces placed and I wish I would have entered more."

The show took place at Clear Creek Amana High School where all the WaMac West (STC, Independence, Vinton, Benton, Williamsburg, Clear Creek Amana, Center Point Urbana, and Marion) competed.

This is the first year Doran has participated in the event. " With this being my first year involved as well as many of the students it is a huge learning experience for all of us," said Doran, "This will give students the opportunity to see what others students, their peers, are creating and willing to share with an audience."

There were 24 categories of art to pick from which involved various art forms.

STCHS students submitted art in Pencil Drawing, Mixed Media (Acrylic Paint and Plaster, Watercolor and Acrylic, Wood and Acrylic, Pencil and Ink), Colored Pencil, Sculpture, Marker, Ink Drawing, and Acrylic Paint.

"I decided to participate because I want to be able to get my art out there in the world and also I just love art," said Savage. "It really was just a fun thing to do and really made me realize how unique my style of drawing is, and it's so fun to see what you and others can create!"

The competition was for all high school grades and had many different styles and skill levels.

"Being in this show made an impact on me by just being there and seeing how much talent is really out there. It also inspired me to go out and try new things with art," said Chyma, "I would encourage others to participate because you can just learn from others, and make your art talent grow by all of the possibilities that are out there."

Doran said it will allow his students to see what others are creating in order to push them to be their best or find their niche.

"I too am looking forward to this competition to see what I need to do better as a teacher to get the best out of my students, allowing them to create to their full potential!"



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