Watermark Art Center presented several awards during the recent opening of the spring high school exhibit. As part of the exhibit's opening reception, the public was invited to vote on their favorite pieces of artwork. Gift certificates for art supplies were awarded for the top choices in each art medium.

Presenting the awards was Sarah Kuesel from Affinity Plus, sponsor of the high school exhibit.

"We are so proud of all our area students and the amazing artwork they created for the show," said Watermark Art Education Program Coordinator Jill Oakes in a release. "We are grateful to Affinity Plus for their support. Their generosity not only encourages our young people to continue to pursue their talents, it also makes a positive impact on our art community at large."

Watermark was able to increase the number of awards given compared to previous years. Gift certificates for this year's exhibit were awarded in several categories, including mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and ceramics.

The high school spring exhibit will be on display at Watermark through April 27.