Alternative art

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2001

Artwork covered every available space in the hallways of the Kenai Alternative High School last week, as the first student art show there was held. More than 100 pieces were on display.

"Since many students attending the school are artistically talented, the school incorporates art in traditional classes," principal Dennis Dunn said. "For many of the students it is one of the first times they have been in an educational environment focusing on many of their personal strengths."

The artwork varied from the abstract to the representational and was executed in media ranging from watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, photography, wycinanki (an Eastern European paper-cutting technique), print making and collage. About a dozen pieces were framed by Frontier Frame Gallery of Soldotna to later be hung in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building.

Students voted for the piece they felt was the best of show. For some it was a quick choice, but others agonized over the art, going from one piece to another, debating with each other the merits of the work. In the end "Polar," a photograph of a teacher's dog by senior Michelle Drummond, took the top honors.

"By all accounts, the show was a big success," Dunn said. "The students are obviously proud of their own work, and that of their peers. The entire staff is proud of our students' efforts."

Teachers Vickie Roney and Kevin Harding organized the show with work that was produced in their classes.

The day also included a presentation by a representative of the Art Institute of Seattle, who was at the school talking to students about careers in art.

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