Art through the Generations - . . . from teacher to students
The Walkup Sisters
Celeste Walkup Usler (born February 27, 1933)
What Celeste Walkup Usler enjoyed the most about taking art at Coronado High School was the creative freedom she had. “Mrs. Hagstrom was very supportive of whatever we did.”
While her classmates were busy with more conventional illustrating and painting, Celeste was drawn to the practical application of art. She spent much of her class time building and painting stage sets for school plays. At home Celeste designed and made clothes, in particular prom dresses, for not only herself but also her friends.  “I like to do things for other people.”
Celeste Walkup Usler
Celeste Walkup Usler
at home in Puyallup, Washington
Celeste Walkup
Celeste Walkup
Coronado High School class of 1951
Mary Jane Walkup Wasilk
Mary Jane Walkup Wasilk
Coronado High School class of 1949
Voted “most popular girl” by her classmates, Celeste graduated from Coronado High School in 1951, about five months after her beloved art teacher died. Among her numerous extracurricular activities, Celeste served as president of the school’s art club, an organization Esther Painter Hagstrom started in 1947.
In the mid-1970s, Celeste owned and operated a boutique called Dorcel within the former Cabrillo Square hotel in downtown San Diego. Merchandise included costume jewelry and clothing that Celeste designed and made. The beach jackets she fashioned from lace were extremely popular.
Creative projects remain her “passion,” Celeste says. She is currently making “thank you” cards for combat troops serving overseas. She composes humorous greetings for the cards, which are “mini” collages of magazine photographs.
In 2006 Celeste moved to Puyallup, Washington, where she occasionally attends art classes at the community’s senior center.
Celeste’s late sister, Mary Jane Walkup Wasilk, was also an artist. Known as “Jane,” she graduated from Coronado High School in 1949. Jane enjoyed drawing and painting as much, if not more, than Celeste. Like Celeste, Jane gave away much of her artwork to friends and relatives. After living in Puyallup, Washington, for several years, Jane decided to return “home” to Coronado in 2008. Nine days after the move, Jane passed away.
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(Please click on the "thumbnails" below to view Celeste and Jane's art work.) 
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