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Hemet Valley Art Association Announces Scholarship Winners – Press Enterprise

The Hemet Valley Art Association recently announced its scholarship winners.

Students and their families along with art teachers gathered with members of the Hemet Valley Art Association at the association’s gallery for the April 9 reception where the winners were announced.

Marilyn Hein, chair of the scholarship committee, announced the results of the judging, with the winning works lined up in front of the gallery.

Best of Show and a $600 prize went to Aaron Orozco of West Valley High School for his “Driver/Drive” colored pencil drawing. He said his design was inspired by a character from the movie “Drive,” according to a press release.

  • Aaron Orozco has won the Hemet Valley Art Association Scholarship Program 2022 Best of Show Award for his drawing “Driver/Drive”. (Photo by Sherri Domenigoni, Hemet Valley Art Association)

  • Aiden Wallace has won first place in the 2022 Hemet Valley Art Association Scholarship Program for his acrylic piece ‘Species’. (Photo by Sherri Domenigoni, Hemet Valley Art Association)

  • Diego Lucio won third place in the 2022 Hemet Valley Art Association Scholarship Program for his scratch-off artwork “Crest”. (Photo by Sherri Domenigoni, Hemet Valley Art Association)

Aiden Wallace of Hemet High School won the top prize of $500 for his acrylic piece “Species”, an imaginary montage of Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” images. He collected reference images from which to work to create his works.

Ana Mater, who was unable to attend the awards ceremony, took second place, a $250 prize, for her colored pencil and ink drawing “Introspection”.

Diego Lucio of Tahquitz High School won third place, $100, for his scratch art, “Crest.” He said his inspiration was Mayan art and he composed his personal coat of arms from symbols and images that were meaningful to him, according to the press release.

The students’ works will be exhibited at the gallery until the end of April.

The Hemet Valley Art Association was established in 1963 with the mission to encourage and develop the appreciation of the fine arts by offering courses for adults and young people and by offering educational programs, art exhibitions and the program of scholarships.

The Hemet Valley Art Association gallery at 144 N. Harvard St. is open 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit hemetvalleyartassociation.com or call 951-652-4592.