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Prep art show at coffee shop draws big crowd

Hoping to help showcase Yakima Valley talent, Sunnyside High School senior Stephanie Morales presented the Community High School Art Show this past Saturday, at Guerra's Coffee Company in Sunnyside.

"I chose to organize an art event for my senior project because I wanted to show communities the young talented artists emerging from local high schools," she said.

Morales spent time searching area schools trying to find artists who would be interested in displaying their art. She found artists from Grandview High School, Sunnyside Christian High School, Sunnyside High School and Toppenish High School.

A total of 19 artists participated in the event.

Only one artist was on hand at the event. Megan Schlenker, a Sunnyside High School student, who displayed art that she said was inspired by Mexican culture.

"I wanted to do the piece to show that artists should be versatile," she said.

Schlenker plans on attending the Art Institute of Seattle and is hoping to get into graphic design.

Schlenker also featured her business, Cakes by Megan S. Schlenker, and gave out free cupcakes, both large and small, to promote her business. She said she started making cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers and other events three years ago.

Visitors to Morales' art show were treated to the musical stylings of Lanie Lou, a Sunnyside High School student who released her first CD last year. Lou played songs from her past CD and ones that will be released on her forthcoming album later this year.

Morales said an art show is held every month at Guerra's Coffee Company and she felt one featuring local high school students would be a good fit for her senior project. She was happy with the result.

"So far, so good," she said. "We've had a good turnout. It's going good."

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