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Art from Half Moon Bay High School students, like this illustration from sophomore Rachael Jenar, will be on display at the Coastal Arts League through June 17. Kyle Ludowitz / Review

Some of the best student artwork from Half Moon Bay High School will be on display at the Coastal Arts League Gallery at 300 Main St. from June 1 to June 17. A reception with the young artists will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The gallery has hosted an art show for the high school every year for almost a decade.

“This is a benefit show,” said Jane Lewis, president of Coastal Arts League. “We donate the space, and the high school kids get real-world gallery experience.”

She said the show is a real win-win, not only giving the young artists a chance to show their work to the community, but also bringing parents, family and friends into the gallery that may not have visited before.

The exhibition will showcase 50 student works of clay and plaster sculpture, acrylic painting, watercolor and chalk pastel. The pieces were chosen by a jury of professional local artists from a selection of favorite works by the students and their teachers.

Claire Gould teaches art at the high school. She said most of the works chosen for the exhibition come from the upper level Art II and Art III classes, but three of her Art Spectrum introductory students also had their work chosen. 

“They were psyched,” she said. 

She added that being able to display their framed and finished work in a real gallery off-campus is a great opportunity for the students.

“I wish I had this opportunity when I was in school,” she said. “It’s cool for them.”

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