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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Olongapeneo Wins US Congress Art Competition

Elsinore High Senior Wins Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) announced Earl Fedrick Arquisola winner of the 2009 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 49th District. Arquisola, an 18-year-old Elsinore High School senior submitted this year’s winning art-work, “Motherly Care.”

“I am really proud of all the students for embracing their talent and participating in this year’s competition,” said Rep. Issa. “We have many young and gifted artists in our community and I congratulate Earl for winning this year’s competition.”

Drawn using colored pencils, “Motherly Care” was inspired by a similar picture seen in a magazine.

“I just saw this ad in a magazine and I really liked it, so I just started to draw,” Arquisola said. When asked about the final product he said, “I loved it—it’s the best I’ve ever done.”

Born in Olongapo City, Phillipines, Arquisola moved to the U.S. four and a half years ago. Set to graduate in June, Arquisola plans to attend San Jacinto Community College. He started drawing with pencil and paper just three years ago at the age of 15.

A three-member panel of judges, made up of Vista High Art Teacher Carolyn Thom, Rancho Buena Vista High Art Teacher Cherie Freddie, and Mrs. Kathy Issa (Rep. Darrell Issa’s wife), evaluated seventeen other finalists choosing Arquisola’s “Motherly Care” for its compassionate depiction of a mother rocking her baby to sleep.

Beginning June 24, 2009, Arquisola’s artwork will be displayed in an eleven-month exhibit in a hallway entrance to the U.S. Capitol Building along with winners from other Congressional Districts. As the winner of the 2009 Congressional Art Competition, Arquisola receives three round trip tickets to Washington, D.C., an art workshop with professional artists and educators, and is invited to attend a reception at the U.S. Capitol.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a rewarding experience for young artists and those of us who work in the U.S. Capitol and get to view the beautiful works on display for a year,” Issa said. “I am very proud of all of our contestants and the collection of impressive artwork that our judges chose from this year.”

The art competition takes place every year and is open to all high school students in the 49th Congressional District. Students who wish to participate in next year’s competition should contact Congressman Darrell Issa’s District Office by calling (760) 599-5000. Valley News

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