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COOS BAY — Natalie Garcia, a Brookings Harbor High School junior, took home the Best of Show award at VISION 2018. The annual high school art competition is underwritten by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation. Garcia’s submission, a mixed media work titled “Henry VIII,” won her a two-year tuition waiver to attend Southwestern along with a $250 cash-purchase award.

Evan Melton, a Myrtle Point High School sophomore, was awarded First Place for his photography titled “Frontier.” Melton received a two-year tuition waiver to attend Southwestern along with a $100 cash-purchase award.

Jaidan McLean, a senior from Gold Beach High School, took home the Second Place award for an acrylic painting titled “Hibiscus Probiscis.” McLean received a $75 cash-purchase award along with a two-year tuition waiver to attend Southwestern.

Sixteen other cash prizes, ranging from $50 to $20, were awarded to grade-division winners in grades 9 through 12.

Bandon High School students, under the direction of art instructor Jen Ells, were represented at the competition.

BHS student Elizabeth Gallagher took first place in the ninth grade category with her detailed value drawing of a dog.

BHS student Hannah Bristow was awarded second place in the ninth grade category for her ceramic elephant sculpture.

Other BHS students with pieces in the VISION art show competition at Coos Art Museum include Brock Adams, Dan Pham, Ruby Toole-Jackson, Sarah Bales, Isabella Bean and Samantha Marsh.

Works for the VISION 2018 show will be on display through April 14 at CAM.

VISION 2018 consists of artwork from 11 southern Oregon high schools. The 85 works of art by 67 students came from the following high schools in alphabetical order: Academia Celestia Homeschool (in North Bend), Bandon, Brookings-Harbor, Coquille, Crater Renaissance Academy (in Central Point), Gold Beach, Marshfield (in Coos Bay), Myrtle Point, North Bend, Pacific (in Port Orford) and Reedsport Community Charter School.

Each year the VISION exhibition continues to present the talents of regional high school art students. VISION 2018 is on display in the upstairs galleries at Coos Art Museum through April 14.

Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies an historic 1936 Art Deco U.S. Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information on the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation, log onto, email or call 1-800-962-2838, ext. 7210.