Ivy Hughes proved creativity is rewarding on several levels.
The Pittsburg High School student recently took top prize in the 17th annual art and writing challenge.
Sponsored by the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, the contest encourages students to promote peace.
Hughes received $500 for her creative writing of "The Plot." Other local winners include: For creative writing/essay: Cristina Mendez, Brentwood's Heritage High for "Technicolor" ($150); Katherin Buffum, Brentwood's Independence High, for "Creating a Brotherly Community" ($150); and Vincent Gonzalez, Independence High, for "Unity" ($100).
In the art category were Khristin Labao, Pittsburg High, for "Food Brings Us Together "($150); Janelle Celestine, Antioch High, for "Without One Peace We All Would Fall" ($100); and Imani Reeves, Antioch High, for "We Need to Give Each Other Space" ($100).
The group will be celebrated during an awards dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bortin Hall, 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. Cost is $10.
The event will feature an art show, videos, readings of award-winning poetry and essays, and include a family-style dinner.
The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center was established in 1969, where "the community could gather to create a local voice for peace," according to the website.
For more information and tickets, call 925-933-7850.
For more about the contest, visit www.creatingpeacefulschools.weebly.com
CREATIVE TYPES, PART 2: The 10th annual Art4Schools exhibit features a fine showing of student works by Antioch, Deer Valley and Dozier-Libbey high schools at the Lynn House Gallery.
When prizes were handed out during the recent opening reception, Deer Valley fared particularly well, scoring 13 out of the 16 spots.
Bill Leach, DV visual arts department chairman, said in an email the students "did an exceptional job (as usual). But this time our students ... (even) took best of show."
First-place winners received $50, with $25 for second and $15 for third.
Led by AUSD art teacher Gretchen Khol and local artist Nancy Roberts, the winners (listed in first through third places) of the juried show were: For 3D art: Fiona Sapp, Antioch High; Emily Polanco and Lan Wu, both Deer Valley. In the mixed media category, it was Gianna Romano, Genavie Dela Pena and Solomon Uhuru, all DV. For drawing: Romano, DV; Yaniz Juan De Dios, Antioch; and Samera Waziri, DV. Painting: John Paczkiewicz, DV; Alejandro Armas, Dozier-Libbey; and Trisha Balangan, DV. Photography: Savannah Andres, Nicolas Marenales and Mahaam Ahmed, all from DV. And best of show went to Deer Valley's Carmen Piper.
The exhibit runs through Saturday. Located at 809 W. First St., gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Admission is free. For more information, call 925-325-9897 or email Diane@Art4Antioch.org
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