Isabelle Anderson, grade 3 winner of the Franca Martin Award for her water print “Lunar New Year,” and Douglas Anderson, grade 4 winner of the Jean Jack Memorial Award for his water print “My Summer Dream,” pose at the MIVAL Junior Art Show on July 8. Photo courtesy of Raleigh Nowers

MIVAL hosts 43rd Junior Art Show, Summer Celebration tent

  • Friday, July 21, 2017 1:00pm
  • Life

The Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) hosted its 43rd annual Junior Art Show, featuring art created by young Islanders in kindergarten through high school, during Summer Celebration. This event has been sponsored by and held at Wells Fargo Bank for the past 20 years.

Forty-two young artists from Heritage, the Lake and Park, St Monica’s, the North Yeshiva High School and Mercer Island public schools submitted over 74 art pieces in categories of drawing, painting, crafts, sculpture, photography and jewelry. Awards were given to 39 art pieces in all the different categories.

Several awards were contributed by Mercer Island businesses Cascade Frames, Terra Bella and MI Florist, and MIVAL ceramic artist June Lindsey presented a special award for ceramic art. The Jean Jack, Hartman Ltd, and Franca Martin special awards were presented by the families of long-time MIVAL members Jean Jack and Franca Martin.

“The 2017 Jr Art Show was very successful,” said Raleigh Nowers, co-chairman of the event. “The art submitted this year was terrific and we had more art entered this year than in the past. We try to reach all interested students for this annual event but not everyone knows about it.”

If there are any students interested in participating in next year’s show, please leave your name, grade and contact information at

MIVAL also hosted a tent at Summer Celebration, with a demonstration by Surya Gaertner, an oil painter and member of the MIVAL Gallery.

See for more information on MIVAL and MIVAL Jr.

Sophia Scull, a sophomore at Mercer Island High School, stands next to her MI Florist Award winning acrylic painting “Spring in the Meadow.” Photo courtesy of Raleigh Nowers

Surya Gaertner hosts a demonstration at the MIVAL tent during Summer Celebration. Photo courtesy of Lorri Falterman

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