Etcetera - 02/23/12

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A 13-year-old artist from Milton-Freewater won a first-place Award of Excellence in her age category at Artworkz, the first youth art show sponsored by Tam?°stslikt Cultural Institute of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Central Middle School eighth-grader Jessica Ibarra of Milton-Freewater won in the category for 11- to 14-year-olds for her tempera painting, "The Broken Guitar."

Judges said, "Artistically there is so much going on in this painting." Her teacher is Jennifer Hegdal.

Awards were announced during the artists' reception Feb. 1. Artworkz remains on exhibit through Feb. 18.

Ms. Conner commended the young artists in the audience for the broad field of media submitted from all over the region ¬?-- video, digital art, paintings, photos, beadwork, ceramics, prints, drawings, sculptures, moccasin making, and book art.

Judges included James Lavadour, contemporary painter; Frank Janzen, master Tamarind printmaker at Crow's Shadow Institute of Fine Arts; and master traditional bead artist Suzette White Owl Lavadour.

Criteria included artistry, creative vision, technical merit, and presentation to award a grand prize, award of excellence, award of merit and honorable mentions in each age category: 15-18, 11-14 and 10 and younger.

The People's Choice award was determined by a vote of exhibit visitors and Best Emerging Artist was selected by the staff of Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.

Now into its 12th year, the Walla Walla Public School District continues to save on utility costs as it cuts energy usage, reported the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online.

Energy Management Program Manager John Butenhoff told the school board that "despite witnessing more than 80 percent increases in electricity, gas and water fees since the program began in 1999, the district managed to save $315,450 based on cost avoidance formulas due to conservative use of these resources.

The district has trimmed usage 24 percent since the program was implemented in October of 1999."

That's a savings of $3.3 million dollars, John said.

Much of those funds went back into in district equipment and operations to maximize future savings via better water meters, lighting, HVAC control units and irrigation systems, for example.

However, Walla Walla High School is the district's most inefficient utility usage school. John described Wa-Hi as "the beast" because of its consumption.

Wa-Hi's HVAC systems, lighting and type of construction are outdated and not efficient.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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