2016 Art Scholarships for Graduating Seniors awards:

1. Alexandria (Lexi) Johnson – $1,000 to attend Chapman University to study video and film

2. William (Will) Connor Lemons – $1,000 to attend Santa Rosa Junior College then Arizona State University to study theater and video

3. Sharon Kimberly (Kim) Cornejo – $500 to attend the University of California, Berkeley as a pre-med major with a possible art minor to continue to be involved in painting

4. Citlaly Correa – $500 to attend the University of California, Berkeley as a pre-med major with an interest in continuing to be involved in drawing and painting

5. Erica Quezada – $500 to attend yet to be determined college to study Liberal Arts and obtain an elementary teaching credential with an interest in continuing to be involved in dance, video and photography


Art in the Schools 2015-2016

The AVES Elementary School Visual Art Sessions partnered local artist Chris Bing with all 286 K-6th grade students and teachers:

  •         engaging students in three to four 50-60 minute visual arts sessions making candle holders in kindergarten and 1st grade, bobble head balance figures in 2nd grade, skulls and paper mâché birds as part of the study of bird anatomy 3rd grade; ceramic bears and cast plaster maps as part of the study of California in 4th grade; carved whale teeth as part of the Age of Sail study in 5th grade; and paper mâché salmon and also cuneiform tablets as part of world cultures study in 6th grade; and
  •         concluding with a culminating exhibit of student art at Lauren’s restaurant in Boonville which shared the art created in the sessions with families and community members and provided students a chance to be the featured artists on exhibit in a venue that exhibits work by professional artists from throughout Mendocino County and beyond.

The AVES Arts Across The Curriculum cross-age, integrated arts poetry writing and bookmaking project partnered artist and arts educator Cathleen Micheaels with students, teachers and families:

  •         bringing poetry writing and bookmaking which included hand lettering, decorative papermaking miniature block printmaking and collage to all 286 K- 6th grade students and supported teaching and learning in English-Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Visual Arts;
  •         engaging all 5th and 6th graders in “teaching what they know” by serving as Art Buddy mentors in the K-1st grade classes, helping the younger students write their poems and make their books;
  •         bringing together 110 students, families, staff and junior high, high school and parent volunteers to make poem mini-print collage banners about food for display in the school cafeteria at the annual Family Arts Night in April; and
  •         hosting the culminating classroom displays of books and poetry presentations as part of the school-wide Open House in May.

The AVHS Junior High School Dance Sessions partnered dancer and retired Mendocino County teacher Jane Corey with AVHS Physical Education teacher Jason Page:

  •         bringing structured improvisation, partner and group dances into two junior high school Physical Education classes twice a month for a total of sixteen sessions;
  •         engaging sixty-one junior high school students in multicultural dance which emphasized dance fundamental lessons and specific dances with the goal of building dance vocabulary, working on rhythm, aerobic stamina, coordination and movement; and
  •         introducing improvisation, partner and group dances with music from folk and classical traditions as well as a dance partner teacher.

The AVHS The Food We Eat PhotoVoice Project partnered artist and arts educator Cathleen Micheaels with AVHS Photography Class teacher Nat Corey-Moran:

  •         engaging students in taking photographs and crafting individual narrative “storylines” which together told the stories of the food they eat including breakfast, lunch during and after school snacks, dinner, comfort and special holiday foods as well as cultural influences and where food is purchased and/ or grown;
  •         connecting students with local community member resources including a visit from Amanda Bontecou proprietor of Philo Hill Farm who is also the Boonville Farmers’ Market Manager and a field trip to Pennyroyal Farm for a tour of the cheese making, goat and sheep herds and grounds by Head Cheesemaker & Herd Manager Erika McKenzie-Chapter; and
  •         hosting a very successful culminating exhibit of student photographs and storylines at Lauren’s restaurant in Boonville with an opening reception event which brought together 60-65 students, teachers, staff family and community members who joined us for a viewing of the project museum-quality framed photos and storyline displays and a presentation of the project website including students reading excerpts from their completed storylines.

June – July 2015 Scholarship Awards

Kaylie Mendoza

As part of continuing to support the arts and students in Anderson Valley through the two AVArts scholarships programs—Arts Scholarships for Graduating Seniors and Special Arts Related Scholarships for school-age AV students to attend arts classes, workshops, events and summer camps—AVArts made the following awards in June and July:

Arts Scholarship for Graduating Seniors

This year AVArts is made four awards to four deserving students in recognition of not just their artistic pursuits and accomplishments but also of their academic achievements. The awards were made possible by the generous support of local artists, educators and supporters of the arts in Anderson Valley and beyond and through a special donation from the George and Ruth Bradford Foundation. AVArts wishes each of the four students a year ahead full of discovery and continued creativity and inspiration as they further their educations and trusts that they will use the awards toward making the year ahead as successful, rewarding and artful as possible:

Lana DeWolff — a $500 scholarship to Lana in recognition of her talents and accomplishments in the visual and performing arts and in support of her continued education at Mendocino College.

Kaylie Mendoza — a $500 scholarship to Kaylie in recognition of her talents and accomplishments in the visual arts and in support of her continued education at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Victor Sánchez — a $1,500 scholarship to Victor in recognition of his talents and accomplishments in the visual and technical arts and in support of his continued education at The College of the Sequoias.

Selena Anguiano — a $2,500 scholarship to Selena in recognition of her talents and accomplishments in the visual and fine arts and in support of her continued education at the University of California, Davis.

Special Arts Related Scholarships

AVArts awarded $750 to support scholarships for Anderson Valley students Tricia Anguiano, Alejandro Carrillo and Jazline Pérez to participate in the Anderson Valley Youth Ensemble’s Drama Camp in August.

Sustainable Communities PhotoVoice Project

 AVHS PhotoVoice Project Exhibit Reception
Wednesday, March 18th, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. at Lauren’s Restaurant

Sustainable Communities PhotoVoice Project Flyer

The Photography class includes students in the 9th – 12th grades


AVHS PhotoVoice Project Exhibit Reception
Wednesday, March 18th, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. at Lauren’s Restaurant

The Sustainable Communities PhotoVoice Project exhibit by the AVHS Photography Class
features photographs and storylines which look at the sustainability of local farms and healthy
food choices, open lands and the natural environment and the watershed and water resources.

The exhibit reception includes a presentation of the PhotoVoice project website, with student recommendations for promoting and improving sustainability in our local communities.

This project received generous support from the George and Ruth Bradford Foundation,
Anderson Valley Arts, the Anderson Valley Lion’s Club and the Anderson Valley Education Foundation.


AVHS Recepción de la Exposiciones del proyecto de Fotovoz
Miércoles 18 de marzo, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. en el restaurante de Lauren

AVHS exhibición del proyecto de Fotovoz de la Sostenibilidad en nuestras comunidades locales por la clase de fotografía AVHS incluye fotos y relatos que miraban la sostenibilidad de las granjas locales y las opciones de alimentos saludables, las tierras y el medio ambiente natural y las líneas divisoria de aguas y los recursos hídricos

La recepción incluye la presentación de la página web del proyecto de Fotovoz, con las recomendaciones
de los estudiantes para la promoción de cómo mejorar la sostenibilidad en nuestras comunidades locales.

Este proyecto recibió el apoyo generoso de la Fundación de George y Ruth Bradford, Artes del valle de Anderson, el club del león del valle de Anderson y la Fundación de la educación del valle de Anderson.

PDF Espanol http://www.av-arts.org/AVHS%20PhotoVoice%20Project%20%28Spanish%29.pdf

PDF English http://www.av-arts.org/AVHS%20PhotoVoice%20Project%20%28English%29.pdf

Kay Clark show Scharffenberger Cellars, Philo, CA

Kay Clark’s show opens Friday evening, reception Feb. 20th 5:30-7:30.


drawings and paintings by
Kyllikki ‘Kay’ Clark 

February 20 – May 14, 2015

Reception to Celebrate Kay’s Art
Friday, February 20, 2015
5:30-7:30 pm at the Scharffenberger Cellars Tasting Room

All proceeds to benefit the non-profit AVArts scholarship fund to further student studies in the visual, literary & performing Arts

Special thanks to the Clark family for their support