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Student Artist, Ily Alfred, was Honored at May City Council Meeting for 2015 Sun & Sea Festival Art

Jun 01, 2015 01:20AM ● By Paul Spear
Sun & Sea Festival will take place July 17 & 18

The winner of the 2015 Sun & Sea Festival artwork was honored earlier this month at an Imperial Beach City Council Meeting. This year’s winning entry for the Sun & Sea Festival belongs to a 13-year-old from Imperial Beach Charter Middle School named Ily Alfred. Her design was selected from more than a dozen images presented for judging. Her art will be replicated on posters and t-shirts for the upcoming festival, July 17 & 18.

“This is the first time that I submitted my artwork to any contest,” said Alfred. “I am very excited, especially as I have grown up in Imperial Beach, and I would like people to see what I am doing.” The pencil and ink artwork is a circular image of a female surfer catching a wave with sandcastles buildings along the shoreline in the distance. She liked this design because it is simple and clean but includes everything about the Sun & Sea Festival. “I chose a circle as it attracts you to look to the center of the image; similar to the pupil in your eye.”

According to event co-chair Shirley Nakawatase, “The artists are not identified prior to the judging process, so we base our selection on what we believe to be most representative of the festival. After the vote, we were delighted that the winning entry came from a six-generation, Imperial Beach artist.” Ily received a $100 gift certificate. The second place winner is Quetzal Cano who received a $50 gift certificate for her purple sunset over the pier. And, third place was R. Black for his female surfer image. Black is an Imperial Beach native who is a professional artist in the in the Bay area. When asked about her future as an artist, Alfred replied, “I draw and paint every day but prefer drawing overall. I hope to become an art therapist, so that I can help children express themselves through art.”

This year’s official t-shirts, banners and posters will be supplied by Boca Rio, a local printing company who specializes in non-profit clients, such as the Boys & Girls Club, the Taste of I.B. and the Fishing Derby. Boca Rio, which means where the river meets the sea, has been in business since 1998, according to owner, Rick Alvarez, “We figure out a way to help community causes because it is an opportunity for me to educate the customer as well as participate in their event.” When asked about this years’ Sun & Sea Festival artwork, Alvarez replies, “This girl has talent, and I am not just saying that, when you go under a wave you see another world and she captured this ‘fantasy’ place beautifully. Plus her artwork looks amazing on printed pieces. Everyone is going to want this image.”

Event Snapshot

Saturday, July 18, 2015: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Pancake Breakfast: 7 a.m.-11 a.m. hosted by volunteers from St. James Lutheran Church-$5 donation

• Annual Parade: Starts at 9 a.m. along Seacoast Drive.

• Kids ‘n Kastles: Noon-1:30 p.m. sand castles to be built in the sand adjacent to Dune’s Park

• Master Sand Sculptures: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. sand castles to be built north of the pier.

Friday, July 17, 2015

• The Mayor’s Community Breakfast 10 a.m., Pier Plaza.

• Sandcastle Ball: 6:00 p.m. to midnight, Imperial Beach Boys & Girls Club.

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