The Boys and Girls Club in Kenai is one of more than 3,300 clubs across the nation that joined in a search to recognize the talents of young artists.
The competition was part of the Boys and Girls Club of America's National Fine Arts Exhibit Program.
The weekend before Christmas members of the Boys & Girls Club in Kenai invited family, friends and community members to a grand opening of the Fine Art Exhibit at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center. According to Shauna Thornton, Boys & Girls club art director, the public support at the grand opening and over the pre-holiday weekend more than met her expectations.
7-year old Alex Hensley, 6-year old Karyn Cornett and Ashley Thornton display their art at the Boys and Girlls Club Art Show 2002 at the Kenai Visitoris Center.
Kim Dent the Boys & Girls club director commented, "It's so important for our members to see their work displayed and for the parents and members of the community to see it as well, we were very pleased by the results of the show."
Many of the artists were on hand to serve punch and cookies to those attending the grand opening and to tell about their creations, "I made a snowman with white hair, and even though we didn't have any snow, I saw a snowman in my mind and then drew it," said 6 year-old Ashley Thornton. The artwork on display represented a year's worth of effort by club members that ranged in age from 6-15 years. Many of the centerpieces made by the members were donated throughout the community to decorate holiday tables at places such as the Kenai Senior Center and the Food Bank
9-year old Jacob Hempstock show visitors his art work at the Boys and Girls Club Art Show 2002 at the Kenai Visitors Center.
There were 150 some pieces of artwork displayed that were judged by a panel of volunteer community members. Selected artwork from the local exhibit will be submitted to the regional exhibit. At the regional level artwork will be screened and a limited number selected to be forwarded to the national competition that will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of America's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Forty national winners will be named and their works displayed in the National Fine Arts Exhibit at the national conference and other special events throughout the year. Local winners will have their artwork matted and shrink-wrapped compliments of Frames and Things in Soldotna.
Local winners from the Kenai Clubhouse for the 6-9 year olds were, Alex Hensley, Stormi Backus and Austin Reid. For the 10-12 year olds, the works of Jacob Hemstock, Christiana Lackey, and Molly were selected. From the 13-15 year olds, Mercedes Hughes, and Robin Davis, had works selected to be forwarded to the regional competition.
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