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BHS students in art spotlight

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South High isn’t the only local high school earning accolades for its student artists. In addition to senior Ethan Perry winning the congressional art competition for the 23rd Congressional District, Bakersfield High School also has a pair of young ceramicists in the spotlight.

Instructor Yvonne Cavanagh is extremely proud of students Yareli Munoz and Bridget Suthers, who each have a sculpture on display in a new exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona.

“Both are incredibly talented and highly focused on the craftsmanship of their work,” she wrote in an email. “I think they both deserve recognition of the highest caliber.”

Munoz, 17, did not title her work, a coil pot with lizard and nature designs inspired by her trips to Mexico.

Suthers, 18, created her wardrobe, “Lucy,” inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia book series.

Cavanagh heard about the exhibition, which will feature 24 student works from 12 high schools, from fellow ceramics teacher Tina Naif, who works at a school in Riverside.

In addition to this show, Cavanagh’s students have exhibited their work locally, including at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield College and the Green Expo.

“As far as ceramics, there are less opportunities locally (to display) so I am grateful to have this opportunity to have my students’ work at AMOCA.”

A reception will be held Saturday at the museum’s Studio Artists’ Gallery, at 399 N. Garey Ave. in Pomona. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display through May 29.

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