29 Palms Art Gallery celebrates student artists

Yucca Valley High School student Brayden Clinton stands by his work at the 29 Palms Art Gallery.

TWENTY-NINE PALMS — High school student artists from across the Morongo Basin came together to show their work at the 29 Palms Art Gallery for its annual student art show. The reception was held at the gallery Saturday.

One piece of art, a portrait called “Wishful,” earned creator Heavenly Hughes a $100 Best of Show prize from the Twentynine Palms Public Art Advisory Council, a $250 Copper Mountain College scholarship and a $50 first prize in the painting category.

“This is a very strong show,” judge Janis Commentz said before handing out awards at a reception Saturday, June 1. “I do come in and judge with a little trepidation.”

As she handed out awards, Commentz had positive comments about each of the pieces she favored.

In the category of painting, a $25 second-place prize went to Ashley Griswold for “Old Property, New Curiosity,” while a $15 third-place prize went to Andrea Morales for “Rise,” and an honorable mention went to Taylor Lord for “Joshua Tree Sunset.”

In the mixed-media category, the $50 winning prize went to Peyton Cressy for “Dotted Peacock,” the $25 second-place prize went to Rachael Kee for “Carley the Duck,” the $15 third-place prize went to Noah Fraser for “My Favorite” and an honorable mention went to Anna Pollnow for “Life in a Fish Bowl.”

In the drawing category, Claire Sanchez won the $50 first-place prize for “Billie,” Caitlin Traxel took the $25 second-place prize for “Desert Sunset,” Steven Rosales took the $15 third-place prize for “Tyler the Creator” and honorable mentions went to Holden Amos for “Gorilla Scratch” and Christine Coronado for “Jeremiah’s Elephant.”

The show will continue through the end of the month. The 29 Palms Art Gallery is at 74055 Cottonwood Drive. 

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

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