Sterling Elementary School’s staff and students would like to celebrate the accomplishments of the dedicated volunteers who completed a remarkable transformation of the Sterling Elementary School gym into an art gallery for the 4th Annual Sterling Elementary Art Show, along with the donors who provided generous contributions to fundraise for future artist residencies and arts integration activities.
The show was held on May 12th and involved planning and preparation throughout the entire school year by teachers and parent volunteers. The show is held annually to provide students the opportunity to experience an art show, see their own work on display alongside that of professional artists, and discover how many of their neighbors are artists who work in many different mediums. This year’s show offered hors’d oeuvres, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and the atmosphere of a fine art gallery.
Artists who generously donated works of art include: Jane Alford, Celia Anderson, Jerry Anderson, Cynthia Avery, Annette Beck, Nita Dryer, Jerry Flippin, Connie Goltz, Tasha Grossl, Michelle Harmon, Tracie Howard, Jayne Jones, Lauri Kapp, Courtney Katzenberger, Krissy Mahan, Brenda Moody, R. Norvelle, Gary Pawluk, Sandy Stevens, Chris Thorne, Linda Vroman, and Chantel Warfield. Additional support for the art show’s silent auction was generously given by the following businesses: Ace Auto Repair, Airport Equipment Rental, Alaska Advanced Care Chiropractic, Auto Wash Express, Bonnie Nichols, Central Peninsula Rehabilitation, Kathy Flores, Kenai Yoga, Mike’s Welding, Nail Boutique, Peninsula Medical Cosmetics, Soldotna Animal Hospital, The Blue Moose, and Valley View Gravel.
A main show piece was the presence of the “Trash Monster,” a more than 12 foot tall by 10 foot wide “monster” created out of discarded items that was built to illuminate how every time we choose not to reduce, reuse, or recycle, we feed the trash monster in our community and leave damage and destruction all around us. Gratitude for leading the organization and setup for this grand event goes to parents and PTA officers Courtney Katzenberger, Dinah Mahan, and Maryanne Rogers. Thanks to their artistic vision and leadership, this annual celebration was an amazing success!