More than 100 high school students with a penchant for the visual arts came from all over the college district and beyond, for a special day hosted by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation (SWOCC) and the Coos Art Museum. It started with lunch at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute and included a culinary demonstration of Beignet, a French pastry that is prepared with a flambé of pineapple and rum.
After lunch the SWOCC Student Ambassadors escorted the students to the music and art departments, college residential housing and the recreation center. The students traveled on to the Coos Art Museum where James Fritz, Art Instructor from SWOCC recognized the winners of the “Visions” art competition. The top three winners, were given two-year tuition waivers at the college as well as a cash award of $250, $200 and $75. Their work will become part of the permanent collection at the college. The student art work will be on display at the Coos Art Museum from March 2 – April 21, 2012.
Taylor Smith of Bandon High School was awarded Best of Show with a silk painting entitled “Within a Dream.” Jaelee Lamar of Brookings Harbor High School won the First of Show with a mixed media painting called “Lucid Ambiguity.” Jake Buffington of Gold Beach High School was awarded second in show with a ceramic piece entitled “Maxuim.”