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North County Student Exhibition at OMA – thru June 12

One of North County’s Oldest Art Advocate Organizations Showcases Student Talent at Museum They Established

Oceanside CA— Scores of graduating high school seniors seeking to further their education in arts have applied for Performing Arts Scholarships or Visual Arts Scholarships to Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation this year. The awards for Performing Arts in theatre, music, or dance are granted based upon students’ experience and contributions to their performing arts program. The Visual Arts awards are intended for student visual artists specializing in unique artwork such as paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, digital media, and photography, and based upon their experience and accreditation from contests and visual arts programs. The winner of OCAF’s 2016 Performing Arts Scholarship is Rachel Dovsky, senior of San Dieguito High School Academy in Encinitas, who plans to pursue her career in musical theatre at Chapman University, CA. The winner of OCAF’s 2016 Visual Arts Scholarship is Jeremy Bunda, senior of Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, CA.

A special art exhibition for runner-ups and winner of Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundations Visual Arts Scholarships will take place at Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday June 7 to 11, and 1:00 pm to 4 pm Sunday, June 12. A recognition ceremony with the visual artists present will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 12. The organizers are particularly thrilled about this exhibition, as Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, an organization of almost 30 years in existence, was responsible for raising money, allocating the venue, and establishing the renown museum, now a premiere visual art destination in Southern California.

'Morituri te Salutant' by Jeremy Bunda (click on image to enlarge painting)

‘Morituri te Salutant’ by Jeremy Bunda (click on image to enlarge painting)

General public is invited to the exhibition to witness how Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation continues to inspire the young to further explore their talents in the arts, while raising funds to support their talents and dreams. The following artwork will be available on display free of charge in the lobby of Oceanside Museum of Art:

Jenna Whitbeck, graduating senior of El Camino High School with photography artwork titled “Steady Flow” (Jenna plans to study in San Francisco); Derek Shafer, graduating senior of Westiview High School, has his graphic design artwork piece titled “Geometric Darwinism” (Derek plans on studying at Chapman University to be an art teacher); Chloe Walecki, graduating senior of San Dieguito High School Academy with “Untitled” painting; Jake Coury, graduating senior of La Costa Canyon High School with a digital photography piece titled “Heights”; Jeremy Bunda – 2016 OCAF Visual Art Scholarship Winner – graduating senior of Rancho Buena Vista High School with an oil painting called “Morituri te Salutant”; Darya Demidov, graduated from El Camino High School, Oceanside, recipient of OCAF-2015 Visual Arts Scholarship, attending MiraCosta College starting in summer of 2016, with a pointillism piece “Portrait of a Banna Boy”; and Michael Smith, who graduated from El Camino High School, Oceanside, recipient of OCAF-2015 Visual Arts Scholarship, now attending MediaTech Institute in Oceanside, with a digital art piece “A Zephyr of Chance.”

The winner of the 2016 OCAF Visual Art Scholarship, Jeremy Bunda, is a Youth Commissioner of City of Vista Public Arts. He has also won Best of Show award in Thematic Art at the San Diego County Fair Student Showcase last year, and was featured at San Diego Museum of Art as part of Young Art Exhibit last year. Jeremy was a student of Rancho Buena Vista High School’s art program, which was of International Baccalaureate Art and Design Higher level. He is looking forward to become an art historian at University of California Irvine.

While the OCAF exhibition is free, regular charge will apply for visitors wishing to venture out into the parts of the museum other than the lobby: general admission $8, seniors (65+) $5, free admission for children under 18, students, and military and their dependents. For more information email to ocaf@ocaf.info or see www.ocaf.inf Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation is a non-profit company with nearly 30 years of history known for its support of visual, performing, literary, and film arts. Its flagship event Oceanside Days of Art, 24th annual festival, took place last April. Next up: 6th annual Oceanside International Film Festival – August 7 through 14. OCAF is an organization of charitable nature whose goal is to broaden the cultural, artistic, musical, film, and performing arts in Oceanside and the surrounding communities. All proceeds from its events are used to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors (not just from Oceanside but from throughout North County San Diego) pursing artistic and performing arts degrees, and to organize more quality events in this city.