YAKIMA When Grandview High School art instructor Kimberly Hall submitted the work of five young art students to the 46th annual ESD105 High School Art Show, she hoped one or all would do well.
To her delight, senior Destiny Jones’ artwork, “Benjamin,” will be one of seven regional artist pieces to be on display at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction High School Art School in Olympia.
“This is the first time since 2010 that a Grandview art student has made it through the regional contest to state,” the second-year art teacher enthused.
“It was exciting for me,” Hall said.
Jones is still a little dazed by the honor.
“I’m an introvert so all of this recognition is crazy to me,” she mused
“You didn’t know how far that little bird would fly,” said fellow artist Briseida Espindola-Calderon.
Jones and her classmates are among 70 regional artists who have their work on display at the Junior Achievement World, 650 University Place in Terrace Heights.
Grandview students include Angel Eliberto Morales, Brianna Jaquelin Cruz, Espindola-Calderon, Christian Alejandra Parra and Jones.
The GHS artists presented works in pencil, ink, ceramic and prismacolor.
Their work was juried by David Bieloh, who is an assistant professor of graphic design at Central Washington University.
Some of the award-winning artists will have their work sent on to OSPI’s statewide Superintendent’s High School Art Show. That show will be in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia from April 1 to May 30, said David Goehner, ESD 105 Public Information Officer.
Jones is looking forward to traveling to the opening reception to see her little bird on display at the state capitol.
Goehner said some of the local pieces not advancing to the OSPI show will be presented with an ESD 105 Regional Award of Merit to recognize the entry’s level of excellence. Other awards include the ESD 105 Board of Directors Choice Award and some artists will also receive offers of Central Washington University scholarships, Goehner added.
The public is invited to view the artists’ work at the JA World Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through March 15.