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Student artists honored at Annual Junior Art Awards Ceremony at Festival of Arts

On Sunday, August 15th, the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach celebrated the talent and hard work of Orange County students at the annual Junior Art Awards Ceremony. The 2021 Junior Art Exhibit is sponsored in part by California First Leasing Corporation, Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach and a grant from the FOA Foundation.

During the ceremony the 2021 Junior Art Exhibit winners were acknowledged, honored and presented with gold, silver, and bronze medallions and certificates. A jury made up of Laguna Beach residents Mark Porterfield, Emma Paddon for California First Leasing Corporation, and Kirsten Whalen from the FOA Foundation.

“Jurying must have been extremely difficult given the quality of the artwork,” shared Festival of Arts President David Perry during his welcome speech. “We celebrate the talents of these students as well as the teachers and parents who encourage them. Remember all of these works were created in 2020 during the pandemic with much of the instructions through Zoom or activities prepared by parents…Really quite remarkable!”

Senior Vice President of California First National Bank Darren Higuchi and FOA Foundation board member Kirsten Whalen assisted in distributing the awards in front of the friends, family members, and art instructors who turned out to support and congratulate the recipients of the Junior Art Awards.

Since its inception in 1947, the Junior Art Exhibit has come to be regarded as one of the highlights of the summer show. Selected by art authorities from thousands of submissions representing schools throughout Orange County, works by over 200 students (PK-12) are on display in the Junior Art Gallery. The exhibit has become not only a showcase for new generations of young Orange County student artists, but also a vivid testimonial to the value and importance of continuing arts education in our school systems.

The imagery and creativity of Sunday’s award winners took varied and unique forms, representing two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, digital and graphic design, and photography. After touring the Junior Art gallery, it was evident that there are many talented up-and-coming artists in Orange County.

The 2021 Junior Art Exhibit is presented by the Festival of Arts and funded in part by California First Leasing Corporation, Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach and a grant from the FOA Foundation. The exhibit is produced in partnership with the Imagination Celebration, Arts OC, and the OC Department of Education. The Festival of Arts is a nonprofit organization. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna.

Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, (800) 487-3378. For a full listing of events and ticket information, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

This article was released by the Festival of Arts.