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Local Adults, Youth Honored at MB Fair's Art & STEM Exhibition

Oct 08, 2022 09:19PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair's Community Showcase honored local youth and adults at its annual Art & STEM Exhibition.

All told, the competition received 97 entries from 53 artists from around the South Bay, said Community Showcase Director Joe Touch.

Judges included Jean Steinmetz, Manhattan Beach Senior Club President; Eilen Stewart, Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Manager; and Jacquelyne May, former Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Commissioner. (The three judges are pictured above with an entry in the fiber arts category titled “MBHF50”, by Alison Gerber of Manhattan Beach.)

Entries in 3D arts, fiber arts, and the STEM Contest were judged relative to each artist’s age. Entries in 2D were judged by artist age, relative to the medium used.

The winners were as follows:
STEM Contest – Imagine the Future
First: Juliette “Iggy” Im  - Young Teen (11-14)
Second: Ilana Buholzer  - Teen (15-19)
Third: Blake Stephenson  - Young Teen (11-14) 
Hon. Mention: Malcolm McCluskey -  Child (6-10)
Fiber arts (all awardees were Adult 20-64)
First: Alison Gerber, Gaston costume from "Beauty and the Beast" (sewn)
Second: Janice Rudolph, Flower Patch (crochet)
Third: Stefani Stratton-Bolle, Patchwork quilt of Hometown Fair Tshirts, beginning 50 years ago (sewn)
Hon. Mention: Karie Grant, Family Beach Day (knit)

The first-place winner, Gascon's coat, was created by Alison Gerber for Mira Costa High School's performance of Beauty and the Beast.

"I've been doing the costumes for Costa since my son asked me if I would do the costumes for the musical his senior year," said Gerber. "He knew that I used to do it as a profession. I thought that I would do one and done. That was 2012. I've been working on the shows ever since. I had a great time working on Gaston's jacket, along with a lot of the other costumes for "Beauty and the Beast". The red coat is an iconic look, but I wanted something that didn't look like it came from Party City. When I dropped off the costume at the Joslyn Center on Thursday they asked if I made the jacket and vest. I did and mentioned that it was from the Mira Costa production from the past spring. They were surprised that Mira Costa would have costumes like that. I think that a lot of people aren't aware of the amazing productions of the Mira Costa Drama/Tech department. One of the reasons I enter a costume is to help make people aware of our shows."


3D arts
First: Lexi Sawlsville - Teen (15-19), Puff (clay)
Second: Leah Tornyi  -Teen (15-19), Later, Alligator! (clay)
Third: Isabella Lui Young - Teen (11-14), Celebrating 50 Years of Good Times (painted shoes)
Hon.Mention: M. Grace Morgan - Young Teen (11-14), My Sister (clay)
2D arts, Child (6-10)
First: Mila Kim, Rising with Falling Snow (paint)
Second: Ryder Ramirez, Suiting Up (drawn)
Third: Emma Fogaren, Candy Land (paint)
Hon. Mention: Ellie Fogaren, Chocolate (paint)
2D arts, Young Teen (11-14)
First: Emilia Malis, Old man (drawn)
Second: Tate Vincent, Something is Wrong (paint)
Third: M. Sage Morgan, Untitled (pencil)
Hon. Mention: Sophie Ramirez, Incognito (photo)
2D arts, Teen (15-19)
First (tie):  Ashley Huebner,  Pensive, Suprised, and Cat (drawn)
First (tie): Loli Prelle, Something Fishy (paint)
Third: Leah Tornyi, The Cowboy (paint)
Hon. Mention: Anthony Padnos, Kaws Doodle (drawn)

Ashley Huebner with "Pensive, Surprised, and Cat." 

“I am really honored to be recognized for my art and to me, art is life," said Huebner. "In this piece, I have pushed the edges of a typical portrait to capture emotions as we actually see them.”


2D arts, Adult (20-64)
First: Julie Kim, Somewhere (photo)
Second: Milos Malis, Childhood memory (paint)
Third: Cathy Lifschultz, Bolt (paint)
Hon. Mention: Laura Ostrom, Abstract flower (paint)
2D arts, Senior (65+)
First: Sue Cutler, Union Station (paint)
Second: Andrea Hughes, D’après Henri Matisse: Flowers and Fruit (paint)
Third: Barbara Reilly, Falls in the Fall (paint)
Hon. Mention: Mary Sikonia, Bees frolicking in pollen (photo)

More than 80,000 people attended the 50th anniversary of the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair. See our full Hometown Fair story here.

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