Centennial H.S. Art Show returns to Freedom Plaza

Photos by Marla Levine
Freedom Plaza Retirement Community, 13373 Plaza del Rio Blvd. in Peoria, exhibits the Centennial High School Art Show with nearly 150 artworks created by ninth- to 12th-grade students on display. Freedom Plaza’s gallery is free and open for viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 29.

Freedom Plaza residents Lorraine Alves and Phil Bruner act as curators of the Centennial High School Art Show on exhibit in the retirement community’s gallery through July 29, which features 138 student artworks including the Best of Show “Catty” drawing by Miranda Wacker.

The third annual Centennial High School Art Show opens in the upstairs gallery at Freedom Plaza Retirement Community, 13373 Plaza del Rio Blvd. in Peoria. The exhibition is free and open for viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 29.
“Ninety-one students contributed 138 pieces to the show,” said Freedom Plaza resident curator Lorraine Alves, an oil painting instructor with her husband, Fred Alves, at PebbleCreek Art Club in Goodyear.
“The quality and creativeness is outstanding,” said Alves, an award-winning artist. “You don’t expect to see this kind of artwork in people that young. The teachers bring out the best of them.”
This is the third year Freedom Plaza’s resident gallery has hosted the art show in coordination with Centennial High School’s visual arts department: art teacher Chris Buhrmann, photographer Jessica Lund and ceramicist Suzanne Roy.
“It’s hard to imagine that kids can have such perfect ideas in their head, and translate them into such phenomenal art,” said seven-year Freedom Plaza resident Phil Bruner, an accomplished artist and retired 29-year science and history teacher.
Acting for the third year as one of the curators along with his wife, Carmalene Bruner, he added, “There are no words to describe it — I felt the same way last year and the year before.”
Peoria Fine Arts Association member Elaine Waters conducted the art show judging and awarded first-, second- and third-place ribbons, as well as eight honorable mentions.
For the second year in a row, 12th-grader Miranda Wacker received the top honor with a Best of Show award for her drawing “Catty.”
First-place award recipients by category, include: painting “Phillies” by Elizabeth Brazier; photography “Fractal Landscape” by Trevor Kane; drawing “My Brother’s a Coon” by Alaina Brattin; ceramics “Floral Jar” by Emma Parish Young; and mixed media “La Rosa de Guadalupe” by Monique Alvarado.
At the June opening, residents of Freedom Plaza cast their votes for People’s Choice, which was awarded to Honorable Mention recipient Elli Lucas for a “Clint” (Eastwood) drawing.
Freedom Plaza residents enjoy exploring their creative talents at a variety of painting and drawing classes taught in the gallery. For a personal tour of the artfully appointed community, call 623-815-4013.

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