Williams Unified students are more than artistic; they’ve been inspired to create images as bold and unique as they are themselves.

More than 100 pieces of art were judged at the second annual Williams Art Show on Feb. 28, which showed off the unique talents of students in grades 7 through 12.

Sally Hedley and Alicia Bates teach art at the Jr./Sr. High School and also run the Williams Arts and Crafts Club so that students learn to explore their artistic potential. “We love how excited students become when creating art and expressing themselves,” Hedley said.

Hedley said having art on campus is important and helps students with self expression, confidence, and to gain skills like problem solving, collaboration, and creativity that can help them in their future college or career pursuits.

Haley Arrogon, a sophomore at Williams High School, said she started to shake when she saw that her drawing “Tattered Darkness” had earned her one of the six Best of Show ribbons given to students whose work went above and beyond.

“I wasn’t sure that people would like it,” she said.

Haley said her mother, Guadalupe, inspired her to develop her artistic talent at a young age, and plans to go to college to become a digital artist.

Artwork in the categories of drawing, painting, photography, wood art, ceramics, and mixed media were on display during the show.

Sonia Sota won best in show in photography; Citlali Martinez for digital art; Araceli Cano for mixed media; Jasmin Rodriguez for mixed media; and Alondra Cano for painting.

The Williams Art Show was dedicated to the late Brian Shellnut, a longtime coach and science and art teacher at Williams High School.

Shellnut, who died Oct. 14, 2017, after a yearlong battle with cancer, was a medieval enthusiast, which came out in his many drawings that were on display at the show.

He was most known for challenging his students to do their best work.

“We will miss his laughter and artistic talent,”  Hedley said.

A number of other non-judged entries were also on display, and an entire wall of the multi-purpose room displayed the artwork of elementary school students, whose work included watercolor paintings, chalk drawings, and geometric abstracts from paper.

The Williams Arts and Crafts Club, Garden Club, Friday Night Live, La Fortuna Bakery, Granzella’s, Louis Cairo’s, Madrigal Salons, Pina’s Juice Bar, and Studio ABC sponsored the event.

The event included food and raffles to raise money for the Brian Shellnut Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will award scholarships to graduating seniors who are the sons or daughters of Williams Teachers Association members.  ■