New decade for Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center

Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2002

As the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center (KVCC) prepared to open their new exhibit "Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape," members of the community gathered last week to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The sneak preview of the new exhibit, stole the show as friends of the KVCC were so captivated by the diversity of the collection it became difficult to focus on how it all started ten years ago.

Kenai Mayor John Williams offered a brief historical review and expressed appreciation for the countless contributions made by the founders like Fred Braun and Sue Carter, but the new exhibit remained center stage as Ricky Gease, KVCC executive director introduced the curator for the Spirit of Alaska, Celia Anderson, Art Specialist for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

"What we asked artists to do is to focus on their special, personal connection with Alaska. Basically why they call this place home. What is it about this place or a sense of this place that you take with you and that calls you back when you leave, and to bring that into a visual reality," said Anderson.

Perhaps the vivid interest in the new exhibit among those gathered, underscored, and was the highest complement for the successful work of the founders of the KVCC over a decade ago. "It wasn't always easy, not everyone was in favor of the Center," pointed out Fred Braun, President of the Board of Directors for the KVCC.

Ricky Gease and Fred Braun presented Sue Carter, the KVCC's first executive director and tenacious supporter, with a token of appreciation for all her efforts, a bottle of her favorite wine. Refreshments for those attending were provided by Charlotte's of Kenai, and entertainment by the Kenai Peninsula College Dancers.

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