A pearlescent green dragon sculpted from minutely cut metal pieces by KCHS tenth grader Amanda Moody greets you at the door and sets the tone for the twelfth annual Student Art show at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town, Kenai. The work on display is that of students from the seven Peninsula High Schools, Kenai Middle School and Soldotna and Seward Jr. Highs. Each piece was selected and hung by the students' respective art teachers.
Artwork by Andy Whipple
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District sponsors the exhibition each year in cooperation with the Kenai Fine Arts Guild to recognize and reward art students by displaying their work in a professional gallery setting and having it judged by professional artists.
Artwork by Kyle Lints
Jurors this year were local artist Marty Hapeman, photographer Roy Shapely and Sterling potter, Charlie LaForge. The juror's statement, written by Marty Hapeman, said "I was impressed to see such a variety of mediums and so many examples of excellence in this year's KPBSD art exhibit. It was difficult, in many cases, to make judgements in the various categories because of the abundance of high quality work".
Mixed Media artwork on display
A stroll around the gallery and into the back room emphasizes his enthusiasm. The art show is designed to showcase the best artwork each student has created during the school year. Each piece must indicate an understanding of the techniques and concepts taught by the art teacher but also demonstrate originality.
The students drew inspiration from their everyday lives, from their imaginations and from what they were reading. Eleven media categories in two age divisions allowed individual statements by the artists from the practical to the fantastic and esoteric. Dragons mingle with tea pots and vases; scenes from Africa hang near a large purple face. A black arm emerges from a jumble of found objects holding a colorful compact disk: Youthful exuberance expressed in a positive manner.
Artwork by Cortni Brown
The show will be hanging until April 28 at the Kenai Fine Arts Gallery at 861 Cook Street in Kenai. The hours are 10-4 Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Take a few minutes to appreciate the young artists and enjoy a terrific art show.
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