By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Brookings-Harbor High School (BHHS) freshman Zach Cabrera won second place overall in the annual VISION student art competition hosted by Coos Art Museum and Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC). He was awarded a two-year tuition waiver for SWOCC valued at up to $22,000 for a tempera painting.

"I have taught here at BHHS for 15 years, and this is the first time a BHHS freshman has won a tuition waiver in that time frame," said BHHS art teacher Sheryl Tuttle.

Cabrera completed the work as an extra credit activity in his art class. He said he got the idea for the painting from an extra-credit assignment after he completed another, required project early.

Tuttle said, “The class had to paint a creative color wheel showcasing the use of different colors and color combinations,” Tuttle said. “Zach was done, so he got to do monochromatic painting.”

His painting, all in shades of blue, was beautiful, she added.

The work was inspired by a music video of “Black Mambo” by the Glass Animals, Cabrera said. Images from the video became the subject of his painting.

Tuttle said she was immediately impressed with the work and suggested he submit it to the VISION competition.

“I was not expecting to win anything,” Cabrera said. “I saw art from my own school that I thought was better than mine.”

Both Tuttle and Cabrera were excited about the scholarship because Cabrera wants to study “something art related” and intends to use the scholarship to pay for the first two years of college.

Other BHS winners

Other BHHS students who received awards included Savannah Lewis, third place for seniors; Mia Weaver, first place for juniors; Mishka Snow Gutierrez, first place for sophomores and Laney DeCausmaker, third place for freshmen.

An exhibition of student work runs through April 13 at the Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson St., Coos Bay.

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