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February 12, 2013 > Sunol Glen art students create banners for Main Street

Sunol Glen art students create banners for Main Street

Submitted By Natalie Campbell

On February 5, Sunol residents and visitors alike were treated to some very special artwork. Light posts, installed last year along Main Street, were designed to hold banners for special holidays and events in town. Sunol residents decided that they would like students from Sunol Glen School to design the very first banners to grace the new light posts.

The banners are the culmination of several months of work by the elective art class at Sunol Glen. Tom Harland, resident artist, and Natalie Campbell, art teacher at the school, created a contest to enable all art elective students to participate. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade middle school students were asked to submit artwork that represented scenes from Sunol. Although there were twenty-two submissions, only eight paintings could be selected.

Mr. Harland made the final decision. Five eighth graders and three six graders received top honors: Aditi Hosangadi's "Oak tree in front of Sunol Gate", Tessa Vlacos' "Sunol Water Temple in the Hills", Hunter Pace's "Railroad Scene", Shelby Maloney's "Sunol Railroad Cafe", Brianna Mai's "Sunol Tree at Sunset", Hamilton Hicks-Frazer's "Bosco in front of the Water Temple", Kendall Minor's "Sunol Vineyards" and Sonya Karpelavitch's "Eagle over Sunol".

When choosing the final eight pieces of art, Harland said, "I was very pleased with the artwork submitted for the Sunol Banner Contest. All of them should be proud of their efforts. The selected works all had in common a strong use of the full format and rich colors that transferred well onto the full size banners. I think the images are all strong and can be seen well from a distance."

Although only one student created each original image, the banners were actually a full class effort. All of the art elective students banded together over the course of several weeks and enlarged the images, painting them in acrylic onto the canvas banners provided by the town of Sunol.

The final effect is quite impressive. The students took a mini fieldtrip from school on February 5 to watch the banner installation on Main Street. They are very proud of what they have done, and were excited to see their very own artwork shown in public.

Please make sure to go out and take a look at what the students have created. Their beautiful banners show a true love for this little town in which they go to school each day.

To see more information about the banner contest, or to learn more about art classes at Sunol Glen School, please visit Mrs. Campbell's school website at

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