Many make Kenai's world-class wildlife art exhibit possible

Posted: Monday, September 22, 2003

Another summer of world-class art has come and gone at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art" closed earlier this month after four months of rave reviews from tens of thousands of visitors. The board of directors, management and staff of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau owe thanks to many for making this exhibition possible.

First, thanks to guest curator, Dr. David Wartinbee, of Kenai Peninsula College. The good doctor reprised his role as curator of our wildlife exhibits and brought together the absolute best wildlife painters in the entire world. Rarely does a collection of original paintings by so many top painters come together. Without Dr. Wartinbee's efforts, this exhibit wouldn't have.

We also thank our generous supporters: King Salmon Sponsors ConocoPhillips and Era Aviation; Silver Salmon Sponsors Homer Electric Association, Paul Gray's Exploring Alaska TV, and the Peninsula Oilers and Oilers Booster Club; Red Salmon Sponsors Alaska Legacy Fish Camp LLC, Alaskan Widespread

Fishing Adventures, The Damon Foundation, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Kenai River Council on the Arts, Kenai Wild Brand Salmon, Key Bank, Peninsula Processing and Smokehouse, Premier Alaska Tours, Snug Harbor Seafoods and Talon Air; Pink Salmon Sponsors Charlotte's Inc., Salamatof Native Association and Wells Fargo.

We also thank the city of Kenai for its continuing support of tourism and the arts through its commitment to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Please thank each of these sponsors for their generous support if you have a chance.

Join us on May 1, 2004, for the grand opening of "Bounty of the Sea," our major invitational exhibit of original works depicting life in, on, under and around our precious oceans.

Ricky Gease, Executive director Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau

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