In keeping with our MerMascot tradition... this year the SBSGOAF committee looked to the local high school community for our t-shirt design. After a community-wide contest, we are proud to announce that Jena Carrisosa of SBHS’s VADA has been chosen the winner. Her design will be featured on our t-shirt and she and her VADA teacher, Nicole Barr each received a $300.00 cash prize.
In June SBSGOAF went to SBHS-VADA and presented the $300.00 checks to Jena Carrisosa and to her art teacher, Nicole Barr. In photo: Committee member--Marcia McNally, VADA teacher--Nicole Barr, Artist--Jena Carrisosa, Committee members--Karen Clark, Louise Sciutto, Kerry Kelly, and VADA Director, Daniel Barnett. Photo credit: Alan Clark.
The Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival already pairs with *Explore Ecology. Thelocal non-profit which runs Art from Scrap, School Gardens, Watershed Resource Center, and Environmental Education will once again be the giving back recipient, but SBSGOAF’s Art Director, Karen Clark, was looking for another way to give back to the community and decided to reach out to the local high school students. As artists, we feel it is important to support other artists and this year’s result is incredible!
The 17-year- old member of Santa Barbara High School’s VADA (Visual Arts and DesignAcademy) has created a merman, named “Mercello”. As a lifelong Santa Barbara resident, her incorporation of the S for Santa Barbara in his body curve, the thoughtful, creative color choices and her design stood out as a top contender right away. In her bio she wrote, “Art is a crucial part of my life and who I am as a person, and I hope to be able to support myself in a creative workplace in the future so that I may be happy doing something that I love.”