Half Moon Bay High School sophomore Brianna Johnson was awarded first place in the student art show at the Coastal Arts League Gallery. Johnson created her pencil-and-color portrait as a student in Art II this year.
“There was such amazing art there, it had to have been really hard to choose,” said her mother, Joy Moore. Natalie Inglis, a student in Art Spectrum, took second place with her pointillism piece, while fellow Art Spectrum student Isaac Mello took third with a piece he created using coffee and pastel.
Professional local artists selected the pieces included in the exhibit as well as the winners.
“These works were chosen by professionals, so the students should feel really proud of their work,” said Nina Anderson, who teaches art spectrum at the high school. “They select the winners, so we (teachers) can be impartial.”
Anderson said that at least 100 people visited the exhibition on the night of the reception.
“We are really happy to collaborate with the Coastal Arts League and the greater local art scene in Half Moon Bay,” she said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for the students.”