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Henry VIII” – mixed media by Natalie Garcia

VISION 2018 Best of Show — “Henry VIII” — mixed media by Natalie Garcia, junior, Brookings-Harbor High School.

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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.

Evan Melton

VISION 2018 First Place “Frontier — photograph by Evan Melton, sophomore, Myrtle Point High School.

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.

Jaidan McLean

VISION 2018 Second Place —“Hibiscus Probiscis” — acrylic painting by Jaidan McLean, senior, Gold Beach High School.

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

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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.