More than 60 people filled the Goleta Valley Library’s multipurpose room on Sept. 27 for an art reception held to recognize the participants in the 2nd Annual Creek Week Art Contest, and reveal the winning artwork.
This year’s theme Goleta the Goodland, Thriving Habitats inspired 59 artists to create works highlighting local creeks, watersheds and the ocean.
The record number of submissions included an array of mediums including paint, watercolor, photography, collages, mixed media, and yarn.
“I am wowed by the incredible talent that we have here in Goleta,” said Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte. “These colorful and creative artworks highlight how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place.
“I look forward to seeing even more participants at next year’s Creek Week Art Contest here at the Goleta Valley Library.”
The judging was based on relevance to the theme, overall appearance, and originality.
Following are the 2023 Creek Week Art Contest winners:
Children (6th grade and below)
1st Place – Aishani Mishra
2nd Place – Zoe Mac Donald
3rd Place – Grace Johnsen
Honorable Mention – Siena Vanella
Teens (7th-12th grade)
1st Place – Wylder Gordon
2nd Place – Ava Zhang
3rd Place – Rudy Gloo
1st Place – Heather Frazier
2nd Place – Jana Brody
3rd Place – Paulette Ley
Honorable Mention – Merlie Samonte
Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through Sunday, Oct. 1. The winner will be announced on Monday.
The Goleta Valley Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.