91301: A Cultural Experience

Student Art Show Awards Talented Teens

The announcement of the winners of the Westlake Village Art Guild (WVAG) Student Awards Juried Art Show took place at a special reception last Friday at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site. Junior and senior high school art students, families, friends and local representatives attended the event where 79 student works from 403 entries were on exhibit.

Guest speaker for the awards ceremony was professional artist Wes Van Dyke who spoke to the aspiring artists about how fortunate they were to have their works on display at the Reyes Adobe. “You’re very lucky to be given a public opportunity to show your work.” He also encouraged them to continue their talents in the arts. “Find your own style and don’t be afraid to show your work,” he said.

Sponsored by the Westlake Village Art Guild, hosted by the City of Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council and supported by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, the teen art show is a judged show with awards and $1,250 in cash prizes. Entries were evaluated by three jurors who critiqued them for composition, technical execution, creativity and overall visual impact. The jurors’ scores were added and entries with the highest combined scores in their respective categories were invited to exhibit and compete for awards. Categories were 2-D Fine Art,  3-D Fine Art,  Photo & Digital – Color, Photo & Digital – Monochrome and Digital Illustration.

The Agoura Hills City Council  and Cultural Art Council presented 18 ribbons and cash prizes.  3-D Fine Art entry “Entitlement” by Kyle Walker of Agoura Hills was declared Best of Show.  His ceramic sculpture of a screaming face intrigued the judges with the use of horse hair in the baking process that intensified the facial expression. “Creating the facial expression was challenging with details like the eyes and veins in the neck,” said Walker.



501 3-D Fine Art Entitlement Kyle Walker Agoura Hills


376 First Place Awake Pamela Moidel Agoura Hills
346 Second Place Wild Brandon Huang Oak Park
384 Third Place The Bug Warrior Phoebe Sonnad Agoura Hills
308 Honorable Mention Traditional Still Life Monica Shi Westlake
321 Honorable Mention Octopus’ Garden Carly Francis Agoura Hills
359 Honorable Mention My Mother’s Reverie Irena Yang Oak Park


530 First Place Sleeping Appa Sierra Lillian Agoura Hills
507 Second Place Falling Pieces Jordan Roberts Agoura Hills
532 Third Place sgraffito Melina Keighron Viewpoint


759 First Place Meraki Alyssa Gu Oaks Christian


637 First Place Winner Allison Paulson Newbury Park
648 Second Place Phantom Plume Ryker Wall Newbury Park
646 Third Place Escape Jonathan Byrne Newbury Park


733 First Place NYC Passion Tyler Rhode Oaks Christian
869 Second Place Cruising Kevin Norgaard Newbury Park
705 Third Place Up Up and Away Remy Dennis Agoura Hills
909 Honorable Mention Glass Everett Fitzpatrick Agoura Hills


The Greg Cole Memorial cash award presented by his mother Juliett Chayet Cole in honor of her son Greg, an AgouraHigh School senior who passed away in 1977. The award was given to Irena Yang for My Mother’s Reverie.

The Student Awards Juried Art Show is to encourage and recognize, in a meaningful way, the dedicated teachers and talented students that enrich all communities in the region. Three teachers, Anna Lovejoy from Oak ParkHigh School, Karla Chouhan from OaksChristianHigh School, and Eric Lindroth from NewburyParkHigh School, were recognized for their inspiration to students and support of the show. “Once the students acquire the skills, I give them a rough idea of an assignment and then let them go to interpret it,” said Eric Lindroth who teaches AP Photography. “We look for patterns in their works to find their individual style.”

The teen art show will remain open for public viewing through April 29, 2014 at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site located at 5464 Reyes Adobe Road, Agoura Hills91301. For hours visit www.91301.org.




Tyler Rhode who took first place with NYC Passion juxtaposed a B&W cityscape against a colorful graffiti image of the WWII Kiss. The entry was a photo he did as an assignment in Photography class on vibrancy, creating layers to make aspects of the image pop out  through technique and effects. “It’s one of America’s most iconic image and I wanted to bring it alive again with the graffiti version I saw on a school trip to New York.”


Alyssa Gu watches as her mother places her first place award on her digital illustration “Meraki”.


Kyle Walker who received “Best of Show” for his ceramic sculpture Entitlement with Agoura Hills Mayor William Koehler.


Entitlement won “Best of Show”



Teen Show Artists: Students who won awards are juniors and seniors at public and private high schools throughout the Conejo Valley.