Youth Art Contest

First place was this painting by Kayla Nygren, 18, of Bellingham. (Courtesy photo/Gallery Syre)

New exhibition opens with a reception Dec. 7 

BELLINGHAM — Gallery Syre is hosting its first Whatcom County Youth Artist Exhibition, featuring artists in grades 6 through 13.

A jury of five people, including David Syre’s art curator, Ana Palacio, nominated three winners from a large range of applications. Six other entrants’ art will also be shown in the exhibition that opens Dec. 7 and continues through Feb. 27, 2020.

The jury committee said the selection process was not easy. “We were all very impressed by the visual translation of the theme ‘Wishes and Dreams’. All applicants have shown their full commitment to investigate the topic and to represent it through different drawing and painting techniques.”

The theme was meant to inspire the students to envision their future, to express their inner thoughts, and to represent a world they would like to live in. The jury based decisions not only on technical execution, but also on the creative rendering of the theme, the artists’ statements and their motivations to participate in the contest.

The winning artists are: first place, Kayla Nygren, an 18-year-old Western Washington University student from Bellingham; second, Emma Vande Voort of Lynden Christian High School, and third, Jerusalem Sintayehu, of Blaine High School.

The special nominees are: Charlie “Chipper” Goggin of Bellingham High School, Kate Hansen of Lynden Christian High School, Ellora Keizer of Horizon Middle School, Audrey Miller of Horizon Middle School, Chance Van Montgem of Blaine High School, and Elizabeth West of Bellingham High School.

The opening reception will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Light refreshments will be served.

The gallery is at 465 W. Stuart Rd. in the Cordata area of north Bellingham. It is the public art exhibit place for David Syre, who has returned to his family’s original farm property at Lawrence in the central county and has his creative studio there. At age 78 he has also returned to the artistic leanings of his youth.