Cathedral Catholic High students showcase their art

By Kristina Houck

The Guadalupe Center at Cathedral Catholic High School was recently transformed into an art gallery for the school’s annual Student Art Show May 19-24. The school’s 375 art students all had at least one piece in the show.

“It’s an important part for any artist to show their work to the community and get a feel for how others see it,” said art teacher Silvia Wiedmann, who helped launch the show when she started at the school 15 years ago. At that time, the school was called the University of San Diego High School. The school was renamed and relocated to 5555 Del Mar Heights Road in 2005.

Inspired by Spaceship Earth, the geodesic sphere at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park, senior Alexander Krikes constructed a geodesic half-dome out of paper called “Age of Discovery.”

“It’s very rewarding,” Alexander said. “It’s really nice to sit back and watch people experience your piece.”

Senior Anna Horne had three pieces on display, one of which was later sent to the fairgrounds. About 50 of the pieces were entered into the Student Showcase at the San Diego County Fair.

Anna created paper flames, as well as a wire and plaster sculpture of a man playing a flute. The piece that she entered in the fair was her independent project — a wire and paper replica of the enchanted red rose from the “Beauty and the Beast.”

In her second year in the school’s art program, sophomore Belle Hilton had several drawings and paintings on display.

“It’s neat to show your parents and grandparents, as well as your friends what you’ve been working on,” Belle said.

Senior Megan Gless also had five drawings and paintings in the show.

“It’s an opportunity to express yourself,” said Megan, who has taken art classes for two years. “It gives you an opportunity to show who you are, be creative and really learn about yourself.”

Placing an emphasis on the arts, Cathedral Catholic is currently expanding its program. This year, the school launched its foundations course, an introductory visual arts class.

“It’s important because art is everywhere,” said Alyssa Vallecorsa, who specializes in 3-D art and has taught art at the school for two years. “I think everybody needs to be exposed to art. It makes for a well-rounded person.”

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