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Student artists exhibit work at Casa Romantica

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Photos and text by Jim Shilander

San Clemente’s young artists again took the spotlight at Casa Romantica at the annual “Artists of Tomorrow” exhibition on Friday, featuring the best art from San Clemente High School and two of the city’s middle schools.

The event, which began 12 years ago, allows students to exhibit their work in a professional-style show.

This year’s winners included senior Cortni Chantry, who took first prize in photography for “Sundown,” a shot of one of her friends surfing.

“I was at San O with my family and my friend was coming down after his ROP class,” Chantry said. “There was only about 10 minutes left of sunlight so he just swam out. I froze my butt off because I was just wearing a bikini.”

Chantry said she plans to pursue photography as a hobby, but plans to study business at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

Rick Delanty, who judged the painting and drawing sections of the event, said the works at the middle school level “was some of the best” he’s seen, due to the skill displayed and the wide variety of styles and mediums exhibited.

The high school exhibition will be ongoing through May 31.

Winners included:

Middle School 2D Art

First: Clarissa Koos, BAMS

Second: Sarah Hiner, Shorecliffs

Third: Maki Adams, Shorecliffs

Middle School 3D Art

First: Jasen Daser, BAMS

Second: Andrew Cardoso, Shorecliffs

Third: Eve Ruedi Sueli, Shorecliffs

High School Ceramics

First: Alexis Luna

Second: Jake Lenz

Third: Katerina Bentzen

High School Photography

First: Cortni Chantry

Second: Hunter Clark

Third: Bill Whitaker

High School Painting and Drawing

First: Allie May

Second: Dallin Moe

Third: Jacob Williams

Board President’s Choice

Wyatt Easton, Photography, SCHS

Mayor’s Choice

Allie May, Painting/Drawing, SCHS

Executive Director’s Choice

Kylee Dore, 2D Art, BAMS

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