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December 5, 2014 (San Diego)--The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) will present an exhibition featuring art students from the Grossmont Union High School District. This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery December 6, 2014 – January 2, 2015. The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 - 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Director and Art Coordinator of Mission Trails Regional Park were so impressed with the high caliber of student artwork created in Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) art courses, that they invited the students to exhibit at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center. Teachers from East County High Schools in the Grossmont School District selected five (5) artworks from their students at each participating school to submit to the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Gallery. This will be the fourth annual exhibit at Mission Trails.

The Mission Trails Regional Park is pleased to join other businesses and organizations recognizing the quality art produced in East County high schools. Terry White, owner of Golden Artistry Jewelry Design in La Mesa holds an annual jewelry design competition for students. The Weighorst Museum in El Cajon has a week-end Art Mentoring Scholarship program, with students painting and working with professional regional artists. GUHSD students display artwork in a juried, annual exhibition at Parkway Plaza in the spring. The district student art exhibition has grown and developed into a wonderful exhibit over these past twenty-eight years. At the annual Parkway Plaza exhibit, there are ten different categories, including black & white drawing, color drawing, painting, photography, experimental photography, digital arts, sculpture, functional ceramics, printmaking, metalwork/jewelry, with beginning and advanced divisions in each category. Approximately twelve years ago, the superintendent purchase award began. Since that time, every year during the opening reception, the superintendent selects artwork to be purchased for the district, and to hang in the district office.

Even in these challenging times for educational funding, the GUHSD schools maintain quality art programs. The caliber of work is so high that students in several of the art programs receive articulated college credit for their high school art classes. The GUHSD art teachers encourage their students to enter many competitions, from the congressional art competition to the San Diego Fair and many in between. Their programs are standards based, promote common core learning, and encourage literacy.

The MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119, and it is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

The MTRP Foundation was formed in 1988 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit public benefit corporation.  For more information about the MTRP Art Program, please contact Vicky DeLong, Art Coordinator, at 619-286-1361 or Maggie Holloway, MTRP Foundation, at 619-668-3280.


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