The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will play host to an art extravaganza boasting of more than 75 original paintings of Alaska wildlife.
"Alaska 2000: A Celebration of Wildlife Art" is on display through July 31 at the center and includes the works of 28 artists from Alaska and other parts of North America. The artists include Al Agnew, Robert Bateman, Michael Budden, Guy Coheleach, Lindsey Foggett, Rod Frederick, Matthew Hillier, Terry Isaac, Lee Kromshcroeder, Shane Lamb, John Lofgreen, Gary Lyon, Fred Machetanz, David Maass, Rosemary Millette, Karla Morreira, Gail Niebrugge, Bruce Nelson, Ron Parker, John Pitcher, Judi Rideout, John Seerey-Lester, Daniel Smith, Ed Tussey, Ron Van Gilder, Jon Van Zyle, Persis Clayton Weirs and Paco Young.
A grand opening reception will be held Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the center.
Many of the works shown will be seen publicly for the first time at the event. In fact, Bateman, an internationally known artist, created an original painting specifically for the exhibit titled "Alaskan Autumn." The work shows two grizzly bears lumbering up an autumn hill in Denali and has been reproduced onto a promotional poster available for sale at the exhibit.
Admission is $3 for adults and no charge for grades kindergarten through 12th. Proceeds will be deposited into a scholarship fund at Kenai Peninsula College.
In June and July, many of the artists featured in the exhibit will host public discussions about how Alaska has been an inspiration for them as artists.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is located at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Summer hours will be in effect as of May 21. The summer hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
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