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School: Yakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School
Art of choice: Jesse draws and paints. He used oils for the first time this year.
Working artist: He painted the sign for the Marie Drake Planetarium. He also designed the Juneau-Douglas High School senior sweatshirt.
All in the family: His uncle is an art professor.
Favorite artists: He likes Picasso and Van Gogh and all types of music.
Future plans: Jesse would like to go to art school and go into animation. He might move to Florida where he has family.
Activities: He is a life guard. He enjoys seeing plays.
Hero: He looks up to Muhammad Ali.
You should know: He has a Dalmatian named Sparky.
His teacher, Amy Kesten, says: "Jesse shows a considerable amount of talent in art. He is currently enrolled in the advanced drawing class at University of Alaska Southeast. He takes on many special projects and completes them. He has a great sense of humor. I'm always amazed at how Jesse can create something outstanding in a matter of minutes."
For sale: Yakoosge Daakahidi's silent art auction will feature paintings by Jesse along with other student artists. Work by local artists Jim Fowler, Sue Craft and Doug Chilton will also be available. All proceeds benefit Yakoosge's scholarship fund and totemic house screen project, directed by Native artist, David R. Boxely. The auction will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m., today at Yakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School, 1208 Glacier Highway, across the street from the downtown Blockbuster.
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.