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Sierra High showcases student talent
Sierra High’s Ariel Blyth looks over her ceramic sculpture at the Sierra High Nights of Arts on Thursday that was selected to appear in the Manteca Unified School District Art Show next month. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Priscyla Sotelo was inspired by an old work boot belonging to her father.

In her AP Art class, the Sierra High senior used pencil to sketch the boot and, in the process, made it a winning piece at the annual Art Show Thursday.

Sotelo had seven of her art pieces – sketches and paintings – on display in the cafeteria, with three including the drawing of her dad’s old work boot ticketed for next month’s Manteca Unified Art Show.

“It was a lot of hard work,” she said. “But in the end it paid off.”

Sotelo has plans of continuing in the arts following graduation. She plans to attend one of the California State University schools and pursue the visual or performing arts.

The SHS Art Show once again included the various genres, including ceramics, digital photography, black-and-white photography, and 3-D.

Judges included department chairman Juan Gutierrez and teachers Kathy Ridder (digital photography) and Devon York (ceramics).

This year, they placed yellow-dot stickers on the top three district-bound art show pieces.

Allex Edwards, who is a student in the beginning Digital Photography class, earned best in show with her work consisting of the photo of the Earth and hand of a person holding up an uprooted tree.

“We picked it based on color, composition and it had something to say,” said York.

Deborah Pavao, Edwards’ teacher, was also impressed with the piece by her first-year student.

“Allex is a very creative student,” Pavao said. “She works really hard and is very consistent.”

Ridder enjoyed the high-quality body of work by students in the advanced and beginning ceramic classes.

Included was the work by freshman Ariel Blyth.

“I’ve always enjoyed regular traditional art (pencil and color pencils), but I wanted to expand my interest by doing ceramics,” she said.

Blyth was pleased with her finished product of the functional piece of a picture frame. Yet it was her non-functional “ugly” ceramic work that stirred more interest.

“It’s an eagle and a shark – I call it a ‘sharkle,’” said Blyth, who drew her inspiration from her interest in wildlife nature.

SHS Art Show has been around for about a decade, according to Gutierrez, who has been at the school for 12 years.

In addition to the visual arts, the SHS choir, drama, and band performed at the annual spring event catered by students in the Culinary Arts class.

The video production class also displayed its work.