Mayor Ding presents the 2022 Creative Student Award to Gobbee Street during the June 15 city council meeting. Pictured (left to right): Councilor Barnett, Commissioner Schlelein, Councilor Agrimonti, Gobbee Street, Mayor Ding and Commissioner Ward
Each year, the Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (Commission) hosts the Student Creative Arts Award program inviting applications from Sonoma Valley residents who are juniors or seniors in high school and studying visual, literary, or performing arts. Applicants must submit examples of their work and an essay explaining the role art has played in their lives and what their plans are for furthering their artistic education. The Commission then meets personally with each candidate to discuss their goals and ambitions and to offer students studying music or theater the opportunity to perform.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Commission was very pleased to once again be able to recognize an outstanding student artist. The Commission received applications from students attending Sonoma Valley High School and Credo High School. Areas of interest included dance, graphic design and visual arts.
After conducting the interviews this year, the commissioners were extremely impressed with the diversity of talent displayed by the students. Selecting just one recipient was a challenge and after a long discussion and review of all talent, they took a vote, and the result was to name Rue Gobbee the recipient of the 2022 Student Creative Art Award.
Rue was chosen for her outstanding achievement in the visual arts. Rue was a senior at Sonoma Valley High School. In his essay, Rue said “Growing up in a city, my exposure to creativity was endless and I absorbed all the things you encounter in everyday life that incorporate design. stop, use an app or website, or simply enjoy a packaged good.In all of these cases, design speaks louder than words.”
The Commission would like to congratulate Rue for all she has accomplished and for being chosen as this year’s winner. Rue received a certificate of recognition and a check for $2,000 at the June 15, 2022 City Council meeting.
All students who submitted nominations are congratulated for their creativity and talent.
For more information, please visit the Student Creative Artist Award page. For questions, contact Sonoma City Clerk Rebekah Barr. Examples of Ms. Gobbee’s artwork are displayed below.
Photo: Mayor Ding presents the 2022 Creative Student Award to Gobbee Street during the June 15 city council meeting. Pictured (left to right): Councilor Barnett, Commissioner Schlelein, Councilor Agrimonti, Gobbee Street, Mayor Ding and Commissioner Ward