Participation high in annual community art show 

Daniela Martinez won Best of Show in the annual Williams Community Art Show with her acrylic portrait of famed poet Edgar Allan Poe. 

This was the first time the 16-year old Pierce High School student entered the annual art show, and said she was thrilled at the win.

“I really like (Poe’s) poetry, so I wanted to reflect his darkness in the painting,” Martinez said. 

The fifth annual Williams Community Art Show was held March 24, with about 65 Colusa County students in grades seventh through 12 participating, said organizer Judy Busath. 

This was also the first year Princeton students entered the show, and Busath said she was happy with the turnout. 

“All five schools participated this year, and someone from each school did place,” Busath said. 

Colusa County Library’s Literacy Coordinator Alissa Morrow judged the show, and selected what she thought was the best from about 65 paintings, drawings, photographs, and others pieces of art.  

“Daniel Martinez’s Edgar Allen Poe” is a striking resemblance of the famous poet, that, although having an eerie quality to it, is well balanced, uses successful elements of light and dark, and is technically sound in the execution,” Morrow said. 

Morrow gave Mireya Ocampo a first place award for her multi-colored skull, which the judge called an exemplary piece, and a great use of dimensions, color, and technical skill.

Maria Martinez’s “Destination Eye” also placed first. The landscape is beautifully rendered, and the eye is very realistic, the judge noted. 

“It draws you in,” Morrow said.

Second place awards went to Amanda Hutzell’s “Almond Blossom” photograph and Kate King’s “Story Plot,” something Morrow said was unbiased and clear cut, and written with no errors.

“I was very happy to see writing submitted to this art show,” Morrow said. “While I myself have never read the book in which (King) is writing about, it makes me want to go to the library and see if we have it on the shelf. The writing drew me in, which is very important to do when writing for an audience.” 

Third places went to Araceli Cano’s “Women in a Corset Dress” and Fernanda Alvarez’s “Skull.”

Busath said she started the show five years ago as a way for student to show off their artistic talents, including students whose schools do not have a formal arts program. 

“I thought Colusa County needs to know what kind of kids we have, and what their talents are,” Busath said. “I love art. If it was up to me, I would give every single kid a first place, but I can’t.” 

Busath said she hopes students will continue to enter the show all through junior and high school, and aspire to receive the top award. 

Cash prizes are given with the awards: each third place wins $20; second place wins $30; first place wins $50, and the Best of Show wins $100. 

“It gives the students something to work for,” she said. ■