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Inspired art, music and dance offered at 'Stages of Inspiration'

BONSALL – When the doors opened for the 2023 BWD/BUSD Art Contest and Show, “Stages of Inspiration,” on March 7, Bonsall Unified School District staff, students and their families, and Bonsall Woman’s Club members found a venue filled with 197 entries in three categories: fine arts, crafts and photography.

Hundreds of people filled the Sullivan Middle School multipurpose room to view and judge the art during the first hour of the program, while SMS student Jett Van Alfen played background music on his guitar. Ballet Folklorico groups from Vivian Banks Charter School, Bonsall West Elementary School, Sullivan Middle School and Bonsall High School performed while the ballots were being tallied. Students from Joe Prechtl’s multimedia class also got involved by creating a video of the show, including the art displays and interviews with participants and attendees.

When all was said and done, 29 prize bags filled with art supplies were awarded to students for first, second and third place wins. Five Best of Show winners from BWC and elementary, middle and high schools were chosen by guest judges: Mary Perhacs, executive director, Fallbrook Arts, Inc. and Christine Vanni, director, Fallbrook School of the Arts.

Free door prizes were also handed out, six canvas bags with art supplies, 12 Nessy Burgers gift certificates, one Fallbrook Art Center family membership, and one $25 gift certificate to the Fallbrook Art Center’s gallery store, “The Find.” Nessy Burgers was the sole sponsor of art show supplies, all prizes and promotional items.

"As this was the first district-wide art show that I have been a part of, I was overwhelmed and delighted to see so many people attend from all the schools. With the support of Bonsall Woman's Club and Nessy Burgers, this was a true community event that, I believe, was a beautiful display of working together. It was awesome to see student artwork being showcased for the whole community to see the skill and craftsmanship of our students,” said Melissa Ledri, Sullivan Middle School Art/Social Studies teacher and art show committee member.

BUSD Executive Director Heather Golly coordinated the show’s planning with Patty Merriam, and Marleen DuBona, BWC art show co-chairs, and the committee of school administrators, teachers and BWC club members. "Bonsall Unified School District was thrilled to collaborate with Bonsall Woman's Club to host such an amazing art show,” Golly said. “We love celebrating the creativity and talent of our students and community, and we are looking forward to planning the next one!"

Integral to the planning and coordination were Principal Angela James, Assistant Principal Danielle Hernandez and Art/Social Studies teacher Melissa Ledri, all from Sullivan. Joining Merriam and DuBona at monthly BWC art show planning meetings were Cindy Gibson-Floyd, Mary Jo Pfaff, Marlene Rantanen, June Stone, Sydne Gilbert, Elaine Davis, Debbie Harris and Judy Bresnahan.

"All the schools were excited to work with the Bonsall Woman's Club artists with over 160 student entries! It was truly a multigenerational event and we look forward to presenting even more projects next year,” James added.

Submitted by the Bonsall Woman’s Club.

‘Stages of Inspiration’ awards for students and BWC entries

BONSALL – For the 2023 BWC/BUSD Art Contest and Show: “Stages of Inspiration,” students in kindergarten through 12th grade submitted 167 art entries for judging and display. Bonsall Woman’s Club members submitted 31 entries. All participating artists were able to cast their votes during the show, resulting in the following wins per category and group:

CRAFTS, K–3: First place – Jordan Martinez, grade 2, BES; Second place – Sarah Miyagawa, grade 2, BWES; Third place – Ryleigh Ugalde, grade 3, BES

CRAFTS, 4–5: First place – Grace Podzius, grade 5, BWES; Second place – Emily Grace Jimenez, grade 4, BES; Third place – Cheryl Repashy, grade 4, BES

CRAFTS, 6–8: First place – Isla Gonzalez, grade 6, SMS; Second place – Lilianna Cortez, grade 6, BWES; Third place – Jennifer Wiscott, grade 7, SMS

Fine Arts, K–1: First place – Dallas Clements, grade K, BES; Second place – Riley Roth, grade 1, BES; Third place – Camille Llenado, grade K, BWES

Fine Arts, 2–3: First place – Gabriel Maldonado, grade 2, BWES; Second place – Brooklyn Knaack, grade 3, BES; Third place – Melina Castaneda, grade 3, BES

Fine Arts, 4–5: First place – Leo Catania, grade 4, BES; Second place – Camilla Diaz, grade 5, BES; Third place – Dexter Rupsa, grade 4, BES

Fine Arts, 6–8: First place – Sadie Jones, grade 8, SMS; Second – Czarita Canonizada, grade 7, SMS; Haileigh O’Shea, grade 8, SMS

Fine Arts, 9–12, BHS: First place – Kingston Geisler, grade 10; Second place – Leah Estrada, grade 11; Third place – Justin Lapoirie, grade 12

Photography, 6–8: First place – Chaile Broadway, grade 7, SMS; Second place – Cameron Kahukui–Gilbert, grade 8, SMS; Third place – Nakai Liermann, grade 8, SMS

Photography, 9–12, BHS: First place – Carter Rankin, grade 9

Art Show Publicity/Poster Contest: Lucy Calverly, grade 6, SMS; Abigail Ly, grade 8, SMS; Sasha Heczko, grade 7, SMS; Khloe Cote, grade 6, SMS

BEST of SHOW (K–12)*

Grades K–3: Jordan Martinez, grade 2, BES

Grades 4–5: Dexter Rupsa, grade 4, BES

Grades 6–8: Paige Hawthorne, grade 8, SMS

Grades 9–12: Aaliyah Grant, grade 11, BHS

Bonsall Woman’s Club:

Crafts: First place – Bev York; Second place – Linda Eastom; Third place – Marlene Rantanen

Fine Arts: First place – Linda Eastom; Second place – Patty Merriam; Third place – June Stone

Photography: First place – Marleen DuBona; Second place (tied): Gini Brooks, Mary Jane Poulter; Third place: Mary Jo Pfaff

BEST of Show (BWC)*

June Stone “Driftwood Sculpture”

*Best of Show winners were selected by guest judges from Fallbrook Art Center and Fallbrook School of the Arts.


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