14 Mar 2012 Nā Mele O Maui Student Art Competition Results
WAILUKU, HI (December 7, 2012) – Lahainaluna High School students shine overall and art by Ellie Bio, senior, Henry Perrine Baldwin High School, wins Best of Show and First Place in the Division II, Two-Dimensional Art category in the 2012 Nā Mele O Maui Student Art Competition. Art winners were recognized at the annual Nā Mele O Maui song competition held on Friday, December 7, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
“Bio’s entry titled – Mele hoʻonanea keiki – shows dimension and movement, especially in the face,” said Steve Brinkman, Steve Brinkman Photography. Brinkman added “it’s quite an accomplishment to show three-dimensional depth in a two-dimensional piece.”
This year’s theme, Ka Hoʻoilina Leo a Hoʻopiʻi Brothers featured artwork inspired by the events, stories and places the Hoʻopiʻi Brothers sing about. Students in grades 9–12 submitted two-and-three dimensional artwork. Judging took place at the Department of Education, Maui District Office located at the State Building in Wailuku. This year’s judges were Steve Brinkman, Bonnie Friedman and Todd Campbell.
“Bio’s piece is a tribute to her instructor, Janet Sato,” said Bonnie Friedman. “Janet is an incredible resource for students who want to pursue art. Bio’s winning piece shows true skill in two mediums: water color and pen and ink.”
“Thank you to Nā Mele O Maui for its support of the visual arts through this wonderful cultural venue over the years,” said Janet Sato, Art Instructor Henry Perrine Baldwin High School. “I especially love the Hoopi’i’s and their musical legacy, so it was my pleasure to introduce them to students who have not been fortunate enough to know of their contributions not just as musicians, but as true representatives of our community and life.”
Areli Medina took the top prize in Division 1 Two-Dimensional Art category for 9th and 10th graders. “The artwork draws on the abstract. It’s a provocative piece,” said Todd Campbell, renowned woodcarver.
The division two entry by Kailey Sager of Lahainaluna came in a very close second. “Kailey’s was a combination of graphics and illustration, and was the only one of its kind in the competition,” said Brinkman.
“You can see the ʻilima flower blossoming as you look at Sager’s work,” said Friedman.” The piece shows both artistry and technical skill, and it could easily be an album or CD cover or an event poster.”
Campbell added, “the yellows and oranges used are exactly what you would find in nature. The way she (Sager) used color from top to bottom and side to side shows artistic maturity and attention to detail.”
Presented since 1972, Nā Mele O Maui is sponsored by the Kāʻanapali Beach Resort Association. In addition, AKAKŪ Maui Community Television and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) are primary sponsors. AKAKŪ films the annual song competition and airs a show all day Christmas Day. Additional sponsors include the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association – Maui Region, Mele Ukulele and Old Lāhainā Lūʻaū.
2012 Nā Mele O Maui Art Competition Results:
Best of Show / $100
• Ellie Bio, Grade 12, Perrine Baldwin High School. Teacher: Janet Sato
Division 1 / Grades 9 and 10 / Two – Dimensional Art (1st place $100, 2nd place $75 and 3rd place $50)
• 1st Place – Areli Medina, Grade: 10, Lahainaluna High School, Teacher: Nancy Young
• 2nd Place – Raquel Mayo, Grade: 10, Lahainaluna High School, Teacher: Nancy Young
• 3rd Place- Erikson Lago, Grade: 9, Lahainaluna High School, Teacher: Nancy Young
Division II / Grades 11 and 12 / Two Dimensional Art (1st place $100, 2nd place $75 and 3rd place $50)
• 1st Place- Ellie Bio, Grade 12, Baldwin High School, Teacher: Janet Sato
• 2nd Place- Kailey Sager, Grade: 11, Lahainaluna High School, Teacher: Nancy Young
• 3rd Place- Madison Vasquez, Grade: 11, Lahainaluna High School, Teacher: Nancy Young
Division I / Grades 9-10/Three Dimensional Art
• No entries.
Division II / Three Dimensional Art (1st place $100, 2nd place $75 (tie) and 3rd place $50)
• 1st Place- Chelsey Erickson-Vierra, Grade 12, Lahainaluna High School, Teacher: Jennifer Valenzuela
• 2nd Place- Amanda Mayers, Grade 11, Lahainaluna High School, Teacher: Jennifer Valenzuela (tie – $75 each)
• 2nd Place- Wyatt Chism, Grade 11, Lahainaluna High School, Teacher: Jennifer Valenzuela (tie – $75 each)
• 3rd Place- Lilinoe Kahae, Grade 12, Lahainaluna High School, Teacher: Jennifer Valenzuela
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