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Outstanding young artists earn scholarships

ENCINITAS — San Dieguito Art Guild presented $500 cash scholarships to four MiraCosta College art students; Jerome Pansa, Melanie Marshall, Elizabeth Bautista and Andrea Arisiaga.

The students will be honored at the Young Artists Scholarship Awards ceremony and reception April 12 at the Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101. These young artists were selected based on their dedication to studying art and their demonstrated talent. Diane Adams, director of the Kruglak Gallery at MiraCosta College, helped select them with the recommendations of their teachers.

In addition to the cash award, each student will be given space to hang a sample of their work for a month in Off Track Gallery and become honorary members of the Guild.

Bautista enrolled at MiraCosta College to study painting, drawing and sculpture. A Studio Arts major, she will receive her A.A and plans to pursue additional degrees. Her work has been chosen for publication in the Mira Costa Arts Brochure and for an exhibit announcement card. She has had art selected in two juried shows at the Kruglak Gallery.

Andrea Arisiaga has received her certificate in Digital Photography and continues to study drawing and composition, oil painting, watercolor, acrylic painting, charcoal, and pastels. Future educational goals are to complete all of the studio art and digital media courses, eventually pursuing additional degrees.

Melanie Marshall, a resident of Oceanside, has focused on art classes in watercolor, printmaking, life drawing, and oil painting at MiraCosta College. She recently started her career journey by signing on as a sculptor’s apprentice in Lynn Forbes Sculpture School in Carlsbad.

Jerome Pansa, born in Zambales, Philippines, considers himself a figurative artist, mainly working in oil and occasionally in other traditional mediums. As of now, Jerome is working toward creating a varied body of work in oil painting to create visual poetry and to catalog his pursuit to be a well-rounded painter.