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Sierra High showcases its fine arts students
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Juan Gutierrez, back, and the rest of the Sierra High Visual Arts teachers look over student works during Wednesdays Sierra Highs Evening of the Arts. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Breeaunna Lynn had five of her ceramic works on display at Wednesday’s Evening of the Arts.

Of that, two earned top honors at the annual Sierra High event held in the school cafeteria.

“I’m super thrilled,” said the sophomore of the two entries advancing to the Manteca Unified District Art Show and Sale ‘Best of the Best’ show on April 29.

Lynn actually had a piece sold at last year’s district event but found it hard to part ways. “I ended up not selling it,” she said.

That shouldn’t be the case this year.

Lynn earned high praises from the judges – in this case, Juan Gutierrez (photography teacher, black & white), Kathy Ridder (Advanced Art, 3D Art, AP Art), Devon York (Ceramics, Advance Ceramics), and Debbie Pavao (Digital Photography) – and appeared willing to part ways with Advanced Ceramic Mixed Media’s ‘Cityscape’ and Advanced Ceramic Alternative Firing’s ‘Wheel Thrown, Pit Fired,’ if sold at the silent auction.

The latter also earned honorable mention earlier this school year at San Joaquin Potters Guild’s Fine Arts Festival.

According to Gutierrez, York, for example – she teaches ceramics – was prohibited from judging the ceramic works. The same went for Gutierrez and Pavao on photography. Instead, they judged 2D Art.

Each judge picked three pieces while the teacher in that art genre had one pick. “Four altogether were selected per medium,” said Gutierrez, who has taught at the school for the past 15 years.

The visual arts teachers spent close to an hour judging the various medium. They were there earlier to help set up the show.

Meanwhile, the Evening of the Arts once again included the performing arts – choir, theater, and band.

Karla Rubio had an Advance Ceramic ‘fruit basket’ piece in the art show from the class she took earlier this year. She was also a server for Amy Lee’s Regional Occupational Program’s Culinary Arts class, which once again catered the event.

A junior, Rubio is turning her attention to the ROP class next year. “I enjoy food,” she said.