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Arona hails new artistic talent with annual awards 

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The Auditorium Infanta Leonor of Los Cristia-nos hosted the Arona awards of Arts and Letters short story, painting and sculpture competition in its youth and adult categories.

The presentations were made by the Mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, journalist Juan Cruz, the Gran Canarian sculptor Juan Bordes and the writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte and officially recognised the work of up and coming artists in the Canary Islands.

Juan Bordes reviewed his main artistic concerns, underlining the need to change the world around us, “a world that only changes from education” and explained how light “is one of the great themes of art.”

For his part, the writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte explained that stories like the ones he develops “are there and the artist is a hunter who must discover them.”

Sr. Mena thanked both guests for “their contribution to make Arona of Arts and Letters, not only a cultural reference in the southern region and the island, but to help us in the intention that has this municipality offers high level culture.”

The Arona contest of Arts and Letters is a cultural event that this year celebrates its second edition and has allowed some of the most relevant representatives of the different national artistic expressions to pass through the municipality.

The award winners were:
Short Story Awards

Accésit youth category: Giselle Díaz Suárez.

First youth category prize: Gaia Goracci.

Accésit adult category: Juan Manuel Ruiz Suárez.

First prize adult category: Tomás Valentín González Ahola.

Painting Awards

Accésit juvenile category: Ainhoa ??Bhatia Armas with “Universe”.

First youth category prize: Eduardo Hodgson Pérez.

Accésit adult category: Arian Lázaro Pérez Barrios .

First prize category adult: Celestino Mesa Pérez.

Sculpture Awards

Accésit adult category: Ohiane by Felipe Garc