I received this information recently from Julie Rivard, an art teacher at Merced High School. It looks like the arts are thriving in some of our local schools:
"Merced County High School top art students will have their work exhibited at the Civic Center from May 15th through May 28th. There will be an opening reception on May 19th from 5-7 pm where students will be honored by local dignitaries. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The most talented artists from Merced County High Schools have been chosen to exhibit their work at the Civic Center. This is an amazing opportunity for students to share their work with the public.
Julie Rivard, Art Teacher at Merced High School, is excited with the results of the Civic Center Art Show. "At the Civic Center, the public can see the amazing talent of our high school students. These students are dedicated to art and work extremely hard at it. They want people to see their artwork and react to it. I am very proud of how hard our students have worked.”
Featured in the exhibit are Merced County High School Students accepted to California Summer School for the Arts. California State Summer School for the Arts (InnerSpark) has sought the most talented high school artists in California for the last 23 years. Teenagers who are selected are designated California Arts Scholars and attend one of the country’s premier summer arts institutes on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia from July 11 - Aug. 7, 2009. The students accepted from Merced High School are Lauren Petiti, Robert Jimenez, Vincent Gonzales, and Regina Moreno. Those accepted from Le Grand High School are Jonathon Garcia, Virgina Sagaste, and Desiree Apodaca.
The hours of the Civic Center are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided during the reception."