Winners of our Inaugural Pacific North Best Student Art Show!

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In the Fall of 2021, Splash Gallery launched Pacific NorthBest, its inaugural Student Art Show for OSD students. Members of the 11-year old co-op gallery located in the center of Olympia’s waterfront district, created an opportunity for Olympia high school students to share artistic interpretations of why they love living in the region.

According to Splash Gallery member and regional painter, Katherine Ransom, the concept of a student show was a natural, “Art inspires young people to excel in and out of the classroom. It helps students stay in school, increases motivation, improves attitudes and attendance and improves academic performance. We had a sense there was a big pool of artistic talent in our community but because of fractured school schedules, we weren’t sure about the response, but we are thrilled to have such a great turnout.”


With 39 completed submissions, the task was daunting to narrow down from a wonderful array of talent and mediums. Student who placed all attend Olympia High School and include First place winner Asenath Wetzel with “Mossy Reflections”; second place winner Ella Sherin with “Case Inlet Sunset”; third place winner Ruth Jahn with “Snail’s Eye View”. Two honorable mention awards go to Leiala Chavez with “Sword Fern” and Maya Rasmussen, with “My Morning Walk”. 

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and benefactors, prizes include gift certificates from Olyphant Art Supplies, Olympia Frameworks, Olympia Lamplighters and Rainy Day Records as well as a beautiful gourmet gift basket from Batdorf and Bronson.  

Artwork selected will be shown in the dockside window of Splash Gallery from February 10-28, 2022. Winning images will be featured online 24/7 and in the gallery, Thursday- Sunday from 11am-6 pm.

Splash’s co-op members and the select pool of jurors were equally impressed. Bridget Irish, Artist and faculty member from The Evergreen State College, said, “What an exciting collection of submissions by local young artists! Students expressed a great variety of visions and approaches in their work; it was a real challenge to determine which pieces to showcase”


Ruth Greening, a celebrated silversmith designer and instructor, was equally thrilled. “There were so many wonderful mediums and designs it was a hard choice to pick pieces to showcase the theme of what we love about the Northwest. It is wonderful to see so many students interested in the arts, my wish for them is to keep searching and stretching the boundaries. Seek out the best teachers, learn and then develop your own style,” said Greening.


“It was an honor to sit on the jury committee to the inaugural Pacific North Best student art competition. We had a wonderful array of talent and mediums submitted. It was a pleasure to see so many budding artists in our local schools. It's events like this that help build confidence in our future creative leaders, giving them the support and encouragement they need from our community,” added block print artist and longtime Splash member, Laurel Henn.

A BIG Thank You to our Sponsors!

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