Art through the Generations - . . . from teacher to students
 
Jike Wong
Jike Wong
Coronado High School class of 1948
Louise Wigchert
Louise Wigchert
Coronado High School class of 1950
William McCants
William McCants
Coronado High School class of 1947
Gene Cowley
Gene Cowley
Coronado High School class of 1948
Allan Koba
Allan Koba
Coronado High School class of 1948
Joan Finebaugh
Joan Finebaugh
Coronado High School class of 1953
 
 
 
 
 
 
MIA (Missing in Art)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Several of Esther Painter Hagstrom’s
students were reputed to be “star pupils”
and great artists. Like their teacher, a few of these individuals died too young.
Organizers of the “Art through the Generations” exhibit would have liked to have found the paintings, illustrations and other art work of these Coronado High School graduates.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
However, there was not sufficient time for such research, which would have required tracking down relatives. Perhaps someone browsing through this Web site will recognize the names and/or senior portraits of these art students.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 1948 Coronado High School yearbook, entitled The Beachcomber, lists a “Jimmie Wong” among the staff artists. This is a bit confusing because the same yearbook contains the senior portrait of a “Jike Wong.” Are Jimmie Wong and Jike Wong the same person? Perhaps someone reading this screen knows the answer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Louise Wigchert, Coronado High School class of 1950, served with Jimmie Wong as a staff artist on the 1948 Beachcomber. She also appears in many newspaper articles about Coronado’s art scene during the late 1940s. Louise’s classmates recall her as being exceptionally talented. Where is her art work?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In 1947, the year he graduated from Coronado High School, William McCants designed The Beachcomber’s cover. The image shows a “conquistador” dressed for Coronado’s warm weather. Where is the art work McCants created after he completed high school?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gene Cowley and Allan Koba, both Coronado High School class of 1948, were known to be excellent artists. Hildegarde Jaeger Stubbs, one of the artists participating in the Coronado Public Library's "Arts through the Generations" exhibit, remembers that Koba from the time she attended elementary and junior high school in Coronado. However, she remembers his name as "Atuchi Koba". Are Allan Koba and Atuchi Koba the same person?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joan Finebaugh, class of 1953, is another Coronado High School student remembered for her art. Perhaps someone knows about her and her works.
 
 
 
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