Honored artist

Twentynine Palms High School student Anna Pollnow is honored for her work at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. With her is judge Janis Commenz.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — High School student artists from across the Morongo Basin came together to show their work at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, for the gallery’s annual student art show.

The show will continue at the gallery through the end of the month,

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 for the show at the gallery 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 first place prize went to Peyton Cressy for “Dotted Peacock,” the $25 second place prize went to Rachael Keey 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 took 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.”

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