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Jeffery tops district art show
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East Union High’s Alex Hernandez displays the shoe he designed for the Vans Custom Culture Contest. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Jordan Jeffery had no idea that his charcoal art work would garner the awards.

“I was having trouble finding a piece to draw when my art teacher (Jeff Moring) handed me this photograph,” the East Union senior recalled at the Manteca Unified School District Art Show on Tuesday.

The photo was that of an elderly woman. Jeffery started the project months ago only to put it down.

It wasn’t too long ago that he managed to pick up where he left off.

As it turned out, Jeffery’s art work claimed the top overall awards – Best of Show and Best of Category – in the fifth annual event, earning him a total of $150.

“I actually was thinking about fixing up the piece before the art show,” he said.

Jeffery along with Juan Vazquez, Elizabeth Hurtado, Juan Palomera, Will Valle, and Alex Hernandez made up the East Union team involved in the Vans Custom Culture Contest. Their specially designed canvas shoes – the work was done in acrylic paints, pens and charcoal – were also on display at the art show, receiving a first-place ribbon.

“It was a real cool project,” said Hernandez. “We had so much fun doing it.”

According to Kirt Giovannoni, who is the art coordinator for the district, more schools are hoping to enter the Vans contest come next year.

He indicated that this year’s District Art Show included several new additions. This included 20 murals displaying each of the elementary school sites in the district – these pieces will be displayed throughout the district office – and videos by students.

All told, the show featured about 200 pieces in painting, drawing, mixed media, and printmaking by intro and advanced art students at Manteca High, Manteca Day, Sierra, East Union, Lathrop High, Weston Ranch, Calla High, and New Vision.

The District Art Committee consisting of Clara Schmiedt (MUSD director of secondary education), Cassidee Demond (Lathrop High), Deborah Pavao (Sierra), Mary Ferguson (WRHS), Bruce Fultz (New Vision), Natalie Plyers (Calla), Moring (East Union) and Giovannoni (Manteca High) helped make possible the art show.

Superintendent Jason Messer, meanwhile, was impressed with this year’s work.

He’s even hoping that some of the pieces will end up as part of the display at the district office.