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In the high school category of the eighth annual Student Art Show, “Celebrations of New Mexico,” at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, from left, are Eliana Barela, first place; Paisley Borneman, third place and Ismael Ottley and Tia Bernal, honorable mentions.

LOS LUNAS — Student artists from across the county were honored during the opening reception for the eighth annual Student Art Show at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts on Saturday.

While the creations of more than 20 elementary, middle and high school received ribbons, museum specialist Jan Micalettie said every piece in the show was a winner.

“Every piece hanging in the gallery is a winner because they were juried in,” Micalettie said.

For this year’s show, Los Lunas High School senior Tia Bernal submitted a watercolor still life. She typically does portraits, Bernal said, but wanted to do something different for this show.

Bernal received an honorable mention for her piece, “Ivy Cup,” and wants to pursue art as a career.

In the middle school category, Kairi Rodriguez, an eighth-grader at Los Lunas Middle School, received Best of Show for her digital piece, “Baile Folklorico.” Rodriguez said she was attracted to pictures of traditional New Mexico dancers, specifically the colors and patterns of the dresses worn by female folklorico dancers.

Using a program called ibis Paint X, Rodriguez created a joyous dancer swinging her purple skirt wide in front of a traditional New Mexican church at sundown.

Embracing the show’s theme — “Celebrations of New Mexico” — Guinivere Mayse’ paper mache pig incorporates many emblems of the Land of Enchantment. The legs are an homage to the striped arms of Will Shuster’s Zozobra, while a zia rises our of the clear blue sky over the mountain ranges on its back. The pants on the pig are adorned with red and green chiles. Clutched in it’s mouth, is a green alien.

The Student Art Show will run until Saturday, May 29, at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 660 Main St., Los Lunas. The museum is open at 25 percent capacity, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

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Photo 1: In the high school category of the eighth annual Student Art Show, “Celebrations of New Mexico,” at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, from left, are Eliana Barela, first place; Paisley Borneman, third place and Ismael Ottley and Tia Bernal, honorable mentions.

Photo 2: The Best of Show piece in the high school category of the eighth annual Student Art Show, “Celebrations of New Mexico,” at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts was a paper mache and acrylic piece, “Matanza of a Lifetime,” by Guinivere Mayse, a home schooled student.

Photo 3: In the middle school category of the eighth annual Student Art Show, “Celebrations of New Mexico,” at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, from left, Kairi Rodriguez received Best of Show, Kenya Gomez Parra placed first and Cohen Ahner placed third.

Photo 4: Kairi Rodriguez, who attends Los Lunas Middle School, received Best of Show for her digital art piece, “Baile Folklorico,” in the annual Student Art Show, “Celebrations of New Mexico,” at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts.

Photo 5: In the elementary school category of the eighth annual Student Art Show, “Celebrations of New Mexico,” at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, Jade Chavez, far left, and Sofia Valdovinos, far right, tied for first place, and Daniel Kiehne, center, took Best of Show.

Photo 6: Daniel Kiehne, a homeschooled sixth-grader, received Best of Show for his acrylic still life, “Native Celebrations,” in the eighth annual Student Art Show, “Celebrations of New Mexico,” at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts.

Eighth annual Student Art Show

“Celebrations of New Mexico” winners

Elementary school category

Best of Show: Daniel Kiehne, Sixth grade, “Native Celebration

First place: (tie) Sofia Valdovinos, sixth grade, “Rosie Watching Balloon Fiesta”; Jade Chavez, sixth grade, “Pyramid Peak”

Second place: Daisy Sanchez, sixth grade, “They Have Come”

Third place: Rayven Ward, fifth grade, “Lake Sunset”

Honorable mentions: Elanor Boatwright, fourth grade, “Balloon Fiesta”; Kace Green, kindergarten, “Balloon Fiesta” and Isabella Griego, fourth grade, “Lucky Leprechaun”

Middle school category

Best of Show: Kairi Rodriguez, eighth grade, “Baile Folklorico”

First place: Cesar Quinonez, eighth grade, “La Bota de Nuevo Mexico”

Second place: Kenya Gomez Parra, eighth grade, “The Santaurio de Chimayo”

Third place: Cohen Ahner, 7th grade, “New Mexico Harvest”

Honorable mentions: Lily Genson, seventh grade, “The Stops Along the Way;” Izabella Cotinola, eighth grade, “Albuquerque Skies” and Alexandria Pennello, seventh grade, “Masks On”

High school category

Best of Show: Guiniviere Mayse, 11th grade, “Matanza of a Lifetime”

First place: Eliana Barelas, 11th grade, “Celebrating Holy Mary, Blessed Mother”

Second place: Taylor Wright, 11th grade, “Celebracion de la Cultura Nuevo Mexicana!”

Third place: Paisley Borenam, 12th grade, “Celebration of New Mexico #3”

Honorable mentions: Tia Bernal, 12th grade, “Ivy Cup;” Ismael Ottley, 11th grade, “Welcome to New Mexico” and Sophia Garcia, 10th grade, “Pueblo Shadows”

The sponsors of the show are the Valencia County Historical Society, Friends of the Library and Museum, Jim Rickey, RAKS Building Supply and Dr. Donald Leach.

Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.